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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 17 if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan

Week 17 is here and the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the outside of the playoff picture. Who should Steelers’ fans root for to help their chances?

Las Vegas Raiders v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images

Results update: The Steelers beat the Ravens on Sunday Night Football and they remain alive in the playoff chase. They need help in Week 18, but they’ve bought themselves another an opportunity. They can clinch a playoff berth with a win and if the Dolphins lose to the Jets and the Patriots lose to the Bills.

The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a slight shot at making the playoff as they head into their Week 17 matchup against the Ravens before finishing off the regular season against the Browns. At 7-8, they sit at 10th in the AFC.

The Steelers won’t be able to win any tiebreakers in the conference, so let’s take a look at what scenarios could help them get to the playoff. The primary piece of the puzzle that Pittsburgh controls is winning out. If they lose, they have no chance of a postseason berth.

If you are a Steelers fan, you’ll have two games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Dolphins vs. Patriots

Results update: It was a good start to the day for the Steelers. The Patriots beat the Dolphins 23-21, which leaves Pittsburgh alive in the playoff race. The Steelers need a win on Sunday night to stay alive and they’ll need the Seahawks to beat the Jets to give them some much-needed help.

Miami has to lose their final two games for the Steelers to qualify for the 2023 NFL Playoffs. The Dolphins would have to fall to the Patriots in Week 17 and the Jets in Week 18. The Patriots are 2.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Seahawks vs. Jets

Results update: The Jets fell to the Seahawks to drop to 7-9. With a win, the Steelers can position themselves well to sneak into the playoffs if they can finish 9-8 on the season. The Dolphins and Jets face each other in Week 18 while the Patriots face the Bills. If the Pats and Phins lose, the Steelers would be in.

Seattle has to beat the Jets in Week 17 in order for the Steelers to have a shot at the playoffs. The Jets also sit at 7-8. The Jets are two-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.