AFC top seed on the line

15 December 2017 20:20:11 GMTPlus10

Heinz Field in Pittsburgh is the location for an AFC showdown this weekend as the Steelers and the New England Patriots clash.

Pittsburgh holds a one-game lead over the Patriots after New England's loss to the Miami Dolphins, but the visitors will hold the tiebreaker if they can prevail.

The Steelers enter the contest with an eight-game winning streak, having got the better of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, the Bengals once more and finally the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards in the 39-38 triumph over the Ravens completing 44-of-66 with a couple of touchdowns.

Le'Veon Bell only managed 48 yards on the ground, but those 13 carries also saw the running back score twice as Pittsburgh clinched their place in the post-season.

It appears likely that the Patriots and the Steelers will claim the top two seeds in the AFC and with it the extra week off, but a Pittsburgh win along with a victory by the Jacksonville Jaguars would make things interesting in the final two games of the regular campaign.

Pittsburgh concludes the regular season with games against the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns, while New England finishes up against the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.

The Jaguars, who it should not be forgotten were the last team to knock off the Steelers, take on the Texans this weekend, with games to follow against the San Francisco 49ers and the Titans.

All things considered, Pittsburgh will like their chances, but must first take care of business against the Patriots.

The Steelers are 1213.00 to win the AFC Championship, with the Patriots 1.20 and the Jaguars 4.33.

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