Breaking Down the Red-Hot AFC Playoff Race

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Oct 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) meet on the field at the end of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports



With AFC playoff race heating up, all eye are on Pittsburgh right now, as they hold the sixth and final wild card spot. With Colts sitting at the fifth spot sporting a two game lead over the next closest team with four games to go, it’s hard not to see them not making the postseason. As for the Steelers who sit in a tie with the Bengals for the sixth spot, the next four weeks will bee fun to watch as both teams have several tough matchups, including a Week 16 showdown in Pittsburgh that will go a long way in determining who gets the final wildcard berth.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin said starting QB Ben Roethlisberger’s performance in Wednesday’s practice will be critical in determining whether or not he plays this week as he recovers from a rib injury and sprained throwing shoulder. They’re set to face the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys the next two weeks, while the Bengals face the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in that same span. Both teams should win at least one, if not both of those games, leaving each team at 9-5 entering the Week 16 defacto playoff game.

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