The Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the Playoff Hunt (Written by Trevor Lane)

The Pittsburgh Steelers started the year off in a troubling way. Not only did they start the year out 0-4, but they also had some key injuries. The Steelers lost their Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey on the first drive of the 2013 season due to a torn ACL and MCL. Later in the same game, it got even worse. They lost their starting middle linebacker Larry Foote to torn triceps. With all of the injuries that occurred, they were already in a deep hole to get out of early in the season.

After all of their injuries, the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to lose their next three games and fall to 0-4. They then hit their bye week with their heads down and no momentum whatsoever. The Steelers then came out of their bye week firing with an impressive 19-6 win against the Jets, improving them to 1-4 on the season. The following week Pittsburgh welcomed their rival Baltimore Ravens to town. The Steelers came out of the gate with a little pep in their step and won on a last second field goal to seal a 19-16 victory, improving their record to 2-4, suddenly seeming back in sync. Pittsburgh then goes on to lose their next two games to the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders, going back to their losing ways at 2-6.

Rumors then began to surface about how Ben Roethlisberger was frustrated with Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, and would request a trade in the off-season. This really got Ben upset. He later told the media “That’s the biggest BS story I ever heard.” Ben rallied the troops and then won the next two games, including a second half comeback against the Lions. Ben then later made an amusing comment “I am making myself more tradable.” This got a laugh from the media and the Steelers organization.

Through all these injuries and distractions, surprisingly the Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-6 and only one game out of the final wild card spot. Yes, it is hard to believe, but they are only ONE GAME OUT! With a win on Sunday, the Steelers would be a game back of the final playoff spot from the winner of the Raiders/Titans game; but in order for this to occur, the Dolphins and Jets must also lose. The Steelers also have a favorable matchup this week against the struggling Cleveland Browns. If the Steelers come out firing and get help from a couple other teams, they will be in the sixth playoff spot.

With all that said, the Steelers have quite a ways to go to get into the playoffs. Do I think it is impossible? No. Is it still a long shot? Yes. The reason they still have a chance is the AFC is really weak this year. It is still a long shot, as only the San Diego Chargers have made the playoffs after starting 0-4 in the HISTORY of the NFL. The history is against the Steelers, but the numbers are not. We will have to see if the Pittsburgh Steelers can re-write the history books, and finally break their playoff troubles.

Written by Trevor Lane @Pitt_Baller12

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