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The Steelers can boost their playoff seeding in Week 17, yet they"ll need to do so without Ben Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh (12-3) trainer Mike Tomlin revealed Tuesday that Roethlisberger would certainly relax Sunday for back-up quarterback Mason Rudolph. The Steelers play the Browns a week after Pittsburgh secured the AFC North department title, with the Steelers getting in the day as the No. 3 seed in the AFC. One of the most Pittsburgh can do is go up to No. 2, and also it can"t loss listed below No. 3.

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Tomlin recommended that the majority of gamers would certainly obtain their common work however that Roethlisberger would certainly be "airmailed" to the playoffs. It"s a substantial ready Cleveland, also, which can safeguard its very first postseason berth because 2002 with a win.

Below"s exactly how Pittsburgh can wind up as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the AFC based upon Week 17 outcomes.

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Just how Steelers can obtain No. 2 seed in AFC

The Steelers can just be the No. 2 seed in the AFC in one circumstance: The Expenses (12-3) shed as well as the Steelers win. Buffalo is handling Miami and also gets in Sunday as the No. 2 seed in the AFC with an equivalent document to Pittsburgh. The Costs hold the sudden death after defeating the Steelers previously this period.

So in order to end up in advance of Buffalo, Pittsburgh requires a much better outcome than the Costs (that would certainly likewise practically consist of a Buffalo connection). The Steelers ending up at 13-3 while the Expenses complete at 12-4 would certainly offer Pittsburgh the No. 2 seed.

With the No. 2 seed would certainly come 2 house video games in the playoffs for the Steelers (presuming that they win in the preliminary). In previous years, it equated to a first-round bye, yet the growth of the playoffs to 7 groups from each meeting suggests that just the Chiefs obtain an AFC bye this year as the front runner.

Exactly how Steelers can obtain No. 3 seed in AFC

There are 2 primary methods this can take place. The initial is a Steelers loss. Regardless of what Buffalo does, if Pittsburgh sheds it won"t exceed the Expenses in win overall, so Buffalo would certainly keep the No. 2 setting. A loss wouldn"t go down the Steelers listed below No. 3 due to the fact that nothing else AFC group can get to the 12-win mark that the leading 3 AFC groups currently have.

If Buffalo wins, the Steelers likewise finish up as the No. 3 seed in the AFC. Also if Pittsburgh wins, as well, it"ll still shed the sudden death to the Expenses as they both do with 13-3 documents. As well as if both groups connected, that would certainly additionally cause the No. 2 Costs and also No. 3 Steelers.