I know this falls into the Department of Looking Too Far Ahead, - hey, it's okay as long as the team isn't doing it - but with the Colts' loss to the Chargers last night, the Steelers are in decent shape to get a first round bye. Presently, by virtue of the record versus the AFC tiebreaker, the Steelers would get the bye over Indy. See, that loss in Arizona wasn't so damaging.
I know, I know, there are still seven games left. I don't think 13-3 is an unreasonable expectation. The Colts would still need to drop another and their remaining schedule isn't terribly difficult (they still have games against the Titans and Jags, but at home). But with how banged up that team is, they could let another game like last night's get away from them.
The romantic notions of winning three road playoff games linger, and I'll admit they make the 2005 title run especially sweet, but with the way the Steelers play at home versus on the road, having a second round home playoff game may be key for having a shot at the Super Bowl.