Despite the loss the Steelers are still in good shape still in the wildcard race I feel to get in the playoffs if they win 9 games. As long as they win the next 2 games at the Bengals and the rematch with the Browns at home, beat the Bills at home, and win one of those road games at Arizona, the Jets, or at Baltimore that gets them to 9 wins and that will get them in the playoffs and win them tiebreakers I feel over teams like the Bills and Colts who will also finish no better then 9-7 and even a team like the Titans if they happen to finish 9-7. The Browns will also be no better then 8-8 especially if the Steelers beat them in the rematch in 2 weeks. I still think the wildcard teams in the AFC will be the Steelers and the Raiders. They both have the easiest paths and that’s how it will play out. The Steelers will finish 9-7 with a AFC Conference record of either 8-4 or 7-5 and they will win head to head tiebreakers over both the Colts and Bills who will both finish no better then 9-7. That’s the path to the playoffs and that’s how things will play out. So despite the loss and the 5-5 record the Steelers are still in good shape to be one of those two wildcard team.