If the season ended today, the Pittsburgh Steelers would be watching the AFC playoffs from the comfort of their living rooms.
Currently at 6-5 and eighth in the AFC standings due to a 3-4 conference record, the Steelers realistically need to win four of their remaining five games to have a chance at the postseason. Steelers players would rather not leave it up to chance and just win all five.
“It’s all business,” said receiver Martavis Bryant via Steelers.com. “The time is now. We know we need these last five games. Everyone has to bring it. I know we control what we do and we want to win out. We have to come prepared and ready to play a great game.”
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The task begins Sunday night against the visiting Indianapolis Colts, who will be without starting quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts are also 6-5, tied with the Houston Texans for first place in the AFC South. A loss to the Colts could also come back to haunt the Steelers for tiebreaking purposes if the Texans end up winning the division. A head-to-head result would determine playoff seeding if two teams are deadlocked.
“We don’t want to be dependent on anyone to help us with our playoff hopes,” said linebacker Sean Spence. “You never want to look outside of your stadium. You want to rely on yourself, not rely on others. It’s a tough situation, but I think we are built for it.”
“It’s still going to be that one week at a time approach we have to take,” aded guard Ramon Foster. “We can’t hope and depend on other people. We have to win the games we have left and take it from there.”