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Steelers First and 10: Playoffs Still Possible from 1-3

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The Steelers have plenty of time to time to right the ship after a 1-3 start, but they had better do so quickly.

The Denver Broncos come to town on Sunday, and at 3-1, appear to be a team that could challenge for an AFC Wild Card berth, so the game will be important not just for the Steelers’ overall record, but for tiebreaker considerations, as well.

The odds are long, but not zero, of Pittsburgh turning things around. According to 538.com, teams that start 1-3 have a 21% chance of making the postseason.

From there, 2-3 teams go on to play in the playoffs 30% of the time, but 1-4 teams make it just 13% of the time.

So Sunday’s game isn’t must win, but it’s awfully close.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

🏈 12: Mike Tomlin’s press conference, UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

STEELERS HEADLINES

🏈 Steelers signed former Browns, Cowboys DT Eli Ankou to practice squadAlan Saunders

🏈 In the Film Room with JuJu Smith-Schuster: Breaking down Steelers’ fourth-down struggles. Nick Farabaugh

🏈 Steelers drop again in ESPN FPI rankings after third straight loss. Cale Berger

🏈 In the Flim Room with Ben Roethslisberger: What’s wrong on Steelers missed big plays? Farabaugh

🏈 Tomlin: Steelers need more splash to overcome inefficiency. Saunders

VIDEO CONTENT FROM PITTSBURGH SPORTS LIVE

AROUND THE NFL

🏈 Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater is in the NFL concussion protocol. Berger

🏈 Bengals RB Joe Mixon is week-to-week with an ankle injury. Berger

STEELERS HISTORY

🏈 2020 With COVID-19 outbreaks threatening games, the NFL strengthened its protocols and threatened draft pick forfeiture for non-compliant teams. Saunders

🏈 2019 The Steelers cut ties with tight end Xavier Grimble, waiving him from the IR with an injury settlement. Saunders

🏈 1997 The Steelers overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Baltimore Ravens. Former Steelers Eric Green and Byron “Bam” Morris scored for the Ravens as Baltimore built a 21-0 first-half lead.

Will Blackwell returned the opening kick of the second half to spark the comeback, and Kordell Stewart ran for two and threw for three more, including a game-sealing 74-yard touchdown.

AROUND THE NETWORK

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Projecting Penguins lineup.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Jeff Capel proud of Justin Champagnie.

WVU Sports Now: Gold-Blue debut set to start season.

Nittany Sports Now: Former Lions OC Joe Moorhead hospitalized.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: WPIAL girls soccer scoreboard.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Pirates Three Stars of the Week

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