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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan

Week 18 is here and the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the outside of playoff picture. Who should Steelers fans root for to help their chances?

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts after Chase Claypool #11 caught the ball over defender Patrick Peterson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 9, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Sunday late update: The Raiders took care of business by beating the Chargers Sunday night. And since there wasn’t a tie, the Steelers are in the playoffs and will go to Kansas City to play the Chiefs in the Wild Card round.

Sunday update: The Steelers beat the Ravens in overtime and have likely made it into the playoffs. The one way they are eliminated is if the Chargers and Raiders end in a tie. If you’re a Steelers fan, hope for a blowout on Sunday night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are clinging to life in the AFC playoff race and enter Week 18 with a matchup vs. the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens also have a very, very, very slim chance of making the playoffs. The Steelers chances also aren’t looking very good because of a weird scenario.

If you are a Steelers fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sorry to break it to you, but the only way the Steelers are getting in is if the Jaguars pull off another wild upset. Jacksonville did beat Buffalo in one of the biggest upsets in regular-season history earlier in the season. Crazier things have, in fact, happened. If the Jags can pull it off and the Steelers beat the Ravens, Pittsburgh’s chances are looking interesting.

The Colts are 15-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

If the Colts lose, this game may play out in a way we’ve never seen before. If both the Chargers and Raiders kneel the game out, they’d both make the postseason if Indy loses to Jacksonville. If the Colts win, none of this will matter. So theoretically, the Steelers really shouldn’t be able to make the playoffs. We’ll see what happens.

The Chargers are 3-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.