Odds have Pittsburgh Steelers making the playoffs in 2020

(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) T.J. Watt
(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) T.J. Watt /

The Action Network recently revealed their predictions for next season’s playoffs and the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of their selections from the AFC.

Despite finishing second in the AFC North during each of the last two seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t made a trip to the playoffs since 2017.

After making the postseason in eight of Mike Tomlin’s first 11 years as the team’s head coach, Pittsburgh has been left on the outside of the playoff bracket for the last two seasons. In 2020, the Steelers will be trying to make sure they don’t accomplish something that hasn’t happened since 2000 by missing the playoffs for the third-straight year.

Even though they haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2017, it’s not like Pittsburgh has performed terribly during the last two years. The Steelers finished with at least eight wins in each of the last two seasons and their chance to qualify for the playoffs usually came down to the last few weeks of the year.

As for 2020, the NFL has officially added an additional playoff team in each conference for the upcoming season. This should be a great help in Pittsburgh’s effort to earn their way back into the postseason.

According to some recent predictions from the Action Network, the Steelers are expected to be one of the seven teams from the AFC to qualify for the 2020 playoffs.

They have Pittsburgh ending up with the No. 5 seed in the conference next season and an overall 67.07 percent chance to qualify for the postseason in 2020. They also gave the Steelers a 4.26 percent chance to win the Super Bowl next season.

Including Pittsburgh, the Action Network’s projections also have the Kansas City Chiefs (1), Baltimore Ravens (2), Indianapolis Colts (3), Buffalo Bills (4), Tennessee Titans (6), and Los Angeles Chargers (7) earning a spot in the AFC bracket for the 2020 playoffs.

That’s right, the New England Patriots are not among the seven AFC teams projected by the Action Network to earn a postseason berth in 2020. This, alone, should bring joy to a number of Steelers fans.

Also helping Pittsburgh’s case to make the playoffs next season is the fact that they are projected to have the second-easiest schedule of any team in the NFL in 2020.

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So whenever the upcoming season is expected to begin, many believe the Steelers are likely to end their two-year playoff drought.