Steelers may rest starters

29 December 2017 20:47:17 GMTPlus11

Word out of Pittsburgh is that the Steelers may well rest their star players on Sunday when they face the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

It's a potentially curious decision given that Pittsburgh still has the chance to claim home field advantage throughout the play-offs if they beat Cleveland and the New England Patriots are upset by the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Both the Steelers and the Patriots have already claimed a first round and will rest up on Wild Card Weekend.

Part of the decision making process may have to do with the 27-24 home loss to the Patriots in Week 15 of the season.

The victory gave New England the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh should, as seems likely, the teams end the regular season with identical records.

Maybe the logic is that if the Steelers couldn't get the better of the Patriots during the season, then it's a roll of the dice either way no matter where they play them in the post-season.

Regardless Pittsburgh, 1213.00 to win the AFC, returned to the win column this past week with a comfortable defeat of the Houston Texans.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-29 for 226 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-6 rout at the NRG Stadium. Le'Veon Bell gained 69 yards on 14 carries with one score for the visitors who remain one of the big question marks of the year.

Are the Steelers the team that beat the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs in the early going or the side that lost to the Chicago Bears, got crushed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and struggled to pick up wins over the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Steelers are 1213.00 to win the Super Bowl next year with the Vikings 3.20 and the Patriots priced at 1.33.

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