3 biggest threats to Pittsburgh in the AFC playoff bracket
By Austin Lloyd
#1: Buffalo Bills
As the closing weeks of the NFL, regular-season stretch have unfolded, the Bills illustrating themselves as the top AFC team to beat has become more and more of a popular standpoint. Visually, Buffalo started bringing the pain on a full-time basis following their loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
After that heartbreaking day, the Bills have not given a rip about who they are playing against, their record, the location of the game, and so on. All it has been about is the team chemistry and the ultimate prize that the people of Buffalo have had their eyes on ever since the Jim Kelly era.
And so far, that mindset and focus have both seemed to pay off pretty well, as the defense is solid, and the offense is balancing on the tightrope of unstoppable. The connection between quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs on the passing game has been a headlining reason for this. The Steelers know that firsthand, as the monster of a target kept finding himself open in their week 14 affair with the Bills. Such a consistent mishap is a blatant reminder of Pittsburgh needing more work on the defensive secondary, and against the lethal passing game of a playoff team, harping on that should be a prime objective.
The days of the Steelers having proof of their worth in regards to being praised have been gone for quite a while now. And while the Colts win and the close loss with backups at Cleveland both look like steps in the right direction, Pittsburgh has still not won back the hearts of many, especially outside of their own fanbase. However, sneaking out of the AFC is not impossible, as we have an esteemed head coach and a loaded roster, with a leader much more accustomed to the big stage than those of these other teams. The perspective has remained the same all year: play like you have proven you can, and this entire postseason will be yours.