The Pittsburgh Steelers have a couple luxuries heading into the final week of the NFL's regular season. The big one is that they know that they are going to be in the playoffs. Another luxury is that they can't change seeds for better or worse. That makes their Sunday game against the Cleveland Browns a throwaway game that neither players nor management have to be overly concerned with. Accordingly, the Steelers should enter the post-season as a well-rested team even if it means dropping one to the Browns.

Pittsburgh to play Miami?

Who Pittsburgh will play is a little bit up in the air, but the Miami Dolphins are a very good guess.

The Dolphins are playoff bound too, but they can't do better than a five seed. In truth, them getting that high seems improbable with the six seed their most likely finishing position. One important thing to note when looking forward to a potential "Miami vs. Pittsburgh" Wild Card Weekend showdown is that the Dolphins did beat Pittsburgh this season. The game took place in Week 6, the Dolphins won by 15, and that should give Miami some confidence.

However, that game was played at Miami while Pittsburgh will host on Wild Card Weekend. Furthermore, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not at 100% fitness in the game.

Roethlisberger throwing the picks

However, Roethlisberger wasn't exactly great in the playoff-clinching game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The QB was great when it counted, but in the whole picture he didn't look refined. Baltimore picked off Big Ben twice and scored 10 points on the resulting possessions. A stronger team than Baltimore probably would have scored 14 and made some more defensive stops down the line. Roethlisberger also threw a trio of interceptions at Buffalo earlier this month and one against the New York Giants.

Bottom line is that the Steelers have won six straight, but a sharp team in the playoffs may not be as lenient with the Steelers as both Baltimore and Buffalo, two non-playoff teams, were.

Right now Pittsburgh is absolutely loving Le'Veon Bell and his 1268 rushing yards on the season. That's good enough for 2nd in outright leaders, trailing only Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys (and by a lot).

The Miami Dolphins aren't great at stopping the rush and that might see Pittsburgh through to the divisional round. But unless Pittsburgh get a little more refined, they could go out there. Pitt has betting odds as short as 11 to 4 to win the AFC (BetVictor), but those could be regarded as short given they have to win three games, two of which promise to be on the road. I think Pitt would love to see Oakland as the two seed with New England and KC the Steelers' boogeymen.

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