Steelers chase top seed status

23 December 2017 04:32:15 GMTPlus11

The AFC North Division winning Pittsburgh Steelers are in Houston on Christmas Day as they take on the Texans at the NRG Stadium.

Pittsburgh is tied with the New England Patriots with an 11-3 record, but last week's 27-24 loss at home to New England has given the Patriots the all-important tiebreaker for the top seed in the AFC.

Despite the defeat there were some positive takeaways for the Steelers in what was possibly an AFC Championship game preview.

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in six catches for 114 yards.

Pittsburgh would take that and a little more luck in a rematch and figure they'd have a decent shot of knocking off the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Steelers conclude the regular campaign by hosting the Cleveland Browns, while New England plays two home games against the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.

Both the Patriots and Pittsburgh would be deemed clear favorites in their match-ups were these games played in the middle of the season, but having each clinched their respective Divisions it will be curious to see how many of their players they rest.

Pittsburgh areĀ 1213.00 to win Super Bowl LII, with the Patriots 1.33.

While the Steelers know they are in the post-season the Baltimore Ravens, second in the AFC North Division, are currently on the outside looking in.

Tied with the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills with an 8-6 record, the Ravens will be looking to win out against the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals to improve their Conference record.

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