Here's How Pittsburgh Can Clinch a Playoff Berth This Weekend

David Kaestle
Ben Roethlisberger during a game against the Washington Football Team.
Ben Roethlisberger during a game against the Washington Football Team. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers' hopes for an undefeated season vanished in Week 13 on Monday Night Football when they suffered a surprising loss to the then 4-7 Washington Football Team. While this loss was deflating in many ways, Pittsburgh is still tied for the best record in the AFC and NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs at 11-1.

While going undefeated would have been nice, the real goal is to win the division and get the No. 1 seed in the AFC that comes along with that first-round bye.

However, first, the Steelers must clinch a playoff birth, and despite there being four games left this season, Pittsburgh can clinch both a playoff spot and the AFC North division title this Sunday.

First and foremost, the Steelers have to win their Week 14 game against the Bills. With a Cleveland Browns' loss, Pittsburgh clinches the division title. Although even if Cleveland wins, but the Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans all lose, the Steelers still clinch an overall playoff spot.

This is the time of year where the pending playoff picture starts playing out multiple potential scenarios. Each win and loss for any team in the hunt could potentially change the landscape.

Regardless of how you look at it though, the Steelers are in one of the best positions of any team in the league right now, and if all goes right, they could lock in a division title by the end of Week 14 and start preparing for the playoffs.

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