Here's what the Steelers need to have happen to get in the playoffs....
Win EVERYTHING from here on out. This will be double help. Improve their record, AND put a loss on Baltimore and Miami. Record 9-7 (Green Bay, Baltimore, and Miami...not an easy task ahead)
If they lose to Baltimore or Miami, that team will have to lose 2 of their next 3 games. If they lose to both...they're not eliminated, but they are all but...haha
Denver to lose from here out. Record 8-8
JAX to lose 2 games. Record 8-8
Winning here on out, beating Miami and Baltimore, will put them ahead of those 2 teams, giving them a record of 8-8 at best. If both Denver and JAX scenarios play out above, then this will put the Jets and Steelers in, if only one of those scenarios happen, then the Jets will need to lose a game.
Steelers - GB, Baltimore, Miami
Baltimore - Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit (The Steelers HAVE to win here)
Miami - Tennessee, Houston, Pittsburgh (I can see them losing these games)
Denver- Oakland, Philly, KC (Losing all these is a LOOOOONG shot)
JAX- Indy, NE, Cleveland (Our best bet right here! I can see them going 1-2)
Jets - Atlanta, Indy, Cincy (Could lose all three here)
This, of course, is not getting into the stickiness that is tiebreakers. The way I see it playing out...
The Steelers win from here out, giving Miami and Baltimore at best an 8-8 record and them a 9-7 record. Denver will beat Oakland and KC, but lose to Philly, they'll have one wild card spot with a 10-6 record. JAX will lose to Indy (always has their number) and NE, but beat Cleveland. They'll end with a 8-8 record, knocking them out of that 2nd wildcard spot. The jets will lose at least 2 of their remaining games (if not all 3) giving them an 8-8 record at best, but most likely a 7-9 record.
And...Tada! The Steelers are in. They can control their own destiny if they win from here on out and get a little help from the Jets and Jax losing a game.....it can happen!