The Steelers are on the verge of being eliminated from the race for the AFC North, as a sweep by Baltimore would put them four games back with four games remaining and the Ravens holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. Pittsburgh is also tied with the Bengals for the final wild card spot, so Sunday’s crucial AFC North matchup is one the Steelers need to win, but that task just potentially became a much taller order.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that they would be shocked if Big Ben is able to overcome his rib and should injury and suit up Sunday against the Ravens. The report is based on how well Roethlisberger can perform with severe limitations, and the though is right now that either Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwhich could perform better. That tells you how bad he’s hurting.
The Ravens are smelling blood, and know it’s a great time to play the Steelers and wrap up the AFC North. The Bengals, currently three games back, will have to win out just to have a chance to play for the AF North crown when the two teams square off in Week 17 in Cincinnati.
Mike Holmgren’s run as a team president of the Cleveland Browns is over less than three years after signing a five-year contract to help revitalize the once proud Browns franchise, but instead leaves it in no better shape than he found it in.