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Steelers Lead Bills By Half Game for No. 2 Seed in AFC



The Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched the AFC North title with their win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, while the Kansas City Chiefs have earned the No. 1 seed and the AFC’s only bye.

That means that the Steelers will play a home game at Heinz Field during the opening week of the 2020 NFL Playoffs, and all that is left to be determined is whether they will be the second or third seed in the conference and who their first-round opponent will be.

The Steelers (12-3) are currently the second seed, a half-game ahead of 11-3 Buffalo for that spot, which would guarantee a second home date in the Divisional Playoff. The Bills will visit New England on Monday night before hosting Miami in Week 17.

Buffalo holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over Pittsburgh by virtue of the Bills’ Week 14 win at Bills Stadium, so the Steelers will need to finish ahead of Buffalo in order to earn the second seed.

The Steelers are a game and a half ahead of the Tennessee Titans (10-4), with the Titans visiting Green Bay on Sunday night and then finishing their season at Houston in Week 17.

The Steelers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee and fellow potential No. 4 Indianapolis, meaning they cannot fall below the No. 3 seed.

The way the three Wild Card opponents line up, 10-5 Miami would visit Tennessee, 10-5 Baltimore would head to Buffalo and 10-5 Cleveland would return to Pittsburgh for a Week 17 rematch. The Ravens will wrap with Cincinnati.

Indianapolis (10-5) is the only team on the outside of the AFC playoff picture that currently has a chance to make the postseason.


No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract



Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.

Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.

Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.

A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.

Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.

The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.

By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy



The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice



The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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