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Steelers Fall Out of AFC Playoff Picture After Loss

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The Pittsburgh Steelers fell from the top Wild Card seed all the way out of the AFC playoff picture with Thursday night’s 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots.

The Steelers had been atop a four-team pile that was all tied for three playoff spots, as the Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts all had 7-5 records entering Week 14. The divisional tiebreaker over the Browns kept the Steelers ahead of Cleveland and they have a better conference record than the Colts, so the tiebreakers were in their favor.

Now, the Steelers are at the bottom of that pile, a half-game behind Cleveland, Indianapolis and Houston. The Steelers will need to root for help over the weekend, when the Colts visit the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns host the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Texans visit the New York Jets.

STEELERS WEEK 14 PLAYOFF ODDS

NYT / The Upshot 30% (down 23%)

EPSN FPI  33% (down 23%)

ESPN Bet +175 or 36% (down 23%)

Current After Week 13 After Week 12 After Week 11
NYT / The Upshot 30% 53% 78% 70%
ESPN FPI 33% 56% 73% 53%
ESPN Bet +175 / 36% -145 / 59% -240 / 71% -115 / 57%

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AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1) Miami Dolphins 9-3
2) Baltimore Ravens 9-3
3) Kansas City Chiefs 8-4
4) Jacksonville Jaguars 8-4
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5) Indianapolis Colts 7-5
6) Cleveland Browns 7-5
7) Houston Texans 7-5
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8) Pittsburgh Steelers 7-6
9) Denver Broncos 6-6
10) Buffalo Bills 6-6
11) Cincinnati Bengals 5-6
12) Los Angeles Chargers 5-7
13) Las Vegas Raiders 5-7
14) New York Jets 4-8
15) Tennessee Titans 4-8
16) New England Patriots 3-10

AFC NORTH STANDINGS

Overall AFC North AFC Head-to-head
Ravens 9-3 3-2 6-3 CIN 2-0, CLE 1-1, PIT 0-1
Browns 7-5 3-2 5-3 BAL 1-1, CIN 1-0, PIT 1-1
Steelers 7-6 3-1 5-4 BAL 1-0, CLE 1-1, CIN 1-0
Bengals 6-6 0-4 2-6 CLE 0-1, BAL 0-2, PIT 0-1

UPCOMING AFC NORTH SCHEDULE

Week 14
Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens

Week 15
Saturday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m., Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m., Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m., Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:20 p.m., Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 16
Saturday, Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m., Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m., Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans
Monday, Dec. 25, 8:15 p.m., Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers

Week 17
Thursday, Dec. 28, 8:15 p.m., New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m., Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Dec. 31, 4:05 p.m., Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, Dec. 31, 4:25 p.m., Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 18
TBD, Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
TBD, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals