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The Two-Seed May in the End Be the Easiest Way to the Bowl

Ok, it’s tough to see anything positive in Sunday’s 31-14 loss to the Titans, but as always we have to look on the bright side. Right? Well, we are here to do that today, as the Steelers are still the #2 seed in the AFC, and no matter what they do vs the awful 4-11 Browns at home Sunday, that is not going to change.

So here is something to think about right now as we sit here with one week left in the regular season: the Steelers very well may have the easier road to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl XLIII as the #2 seed instead of the #1 seed – the Titans.

Why do you ask? Well, let’s look at the teams that the AFC will throw up at the Steelers and Titans in the playoffs and how the seedings may help the Steelers.

The team that no one wants to play is Indy, and right now they are going to be the #5 seed once the playoffs start. They will play the winner of the AFC West title game Sunday night – the Broncos or Chargers on the road the following weekend. They have already beaten the Chargers, and there is no doubt they can beat the Broncos.

In the other wild card game, the Ravens appear to have the track to be the last AFC Wild Card team, gaining that #6 seed. They would play the winner of the AFC East, which looks like it will be the Dolphins or the Patriots. The Pats play at Buffalo, while the Dolphins play in New York vs the Jets. Based on what I have seen, the Dolphins will beat the Jets and win that division, setting up the following two AFC matchups in the wild card round:

#5 Indianapolis at #4 San Diego
#6 Baltimore at #3 Miami

I think the Colts will beat the Chargers, and the Dolphins at home will get past the Ravens. If that happens, here are your second round divisional matchups:

#5 Indy at #1 Tennessee
#3 Miami at #2 Pittsburgh

No offense, but wouldn’t you rather play the Dolphins instead of the Colts right now? A lot of this can change, but I’ll take my chances vs Miami in round two, then maybe, just maybe, a home game vs the Colts in the AFC Title game. If not, then we’ll see the Titans in Tennessee again. Lots to chew on.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. mark

    December 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    that is one way to look at it, but I highly doubt the Dolphins would beat the Ravens. The Ravens beat them once already and I think they would do it again. No one wants to face the Colts right now and I used to like playing indoor teams outside in January,but the Steelers no longer run effectively to take advantage of the cold,bad weather. Just look how the Giants took that game over last night! Im no Giant fan but I do envy that running game. I think the Steelers are destined to play the Ravens again at some point.

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