How the Steelers match up with potential NFL Playoff opponents

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2. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins could be a truly terrifying matchup for the Steelers come the postseason. The Dolphins boast one of the most explosive offenses in the entire NFL, and if the season ended today, would be hosting the Steelers in the Wild Card round.

As previously mentioned, the Steelers are susceptible to the big play on defense, which is why the Dolphins are so scary. No team has more big-play threats than the Dolphins, with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, and De'Von Achane all possessing game-breaking speed. Any time any of them touches the ball they are a threat to score, and while Joey Porter Jr. would likely follow Hill, Waddle against any other corner they throw at him is an extreme mismatch.

While this team has the most potent offense and is certainly one to fear there are a few things that give some signs of optimism for a potential matchup with the Steelers. First, the Dolphins have not yet beaten a legitimate contender which makes some wonder if they are the real deal. Then, you factor in that Tua Tagovailoa has been very hit-or-miss, and has no playoff experience, and there is some reason for optimism in facing them.

Clearly, Miami is a really dangerous team, and could easily blow the Steelers away in a playoff matchup, but there are some reasons to wonder if they will show up in the postseason, and playing a postseason game in the warm weather in Miami should help Kenny Pickett out.