The NFL season is almost here, and the league’s top two teams, the Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles, have already been in position to claim the top seed in the AFC and the top spot in the NFC.
But there’s one team on the rise that could potentially shake up the playoff picture, and it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game since 2014, and even that team’s record was terrible.
But now, with new head coach Mike Tomlin on board, Pittsburgh is looking to take the next step in the franchise’s history.
According to The Associated Press, the Steelers are poised to win their first playoff game this year.
They’re the first team since the 1990s to reach the playoffs in four consecutive seasons.
The new coach is a former Steelers wide receiver, and according to ESPN, Tomlin’s philosophy of using “soft” coverage will be an important part of Pittsburgh’s offense.
The Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild-card round, and they will be playing with a 2-1 lead heading into the third quarter.
If they beat the Bengals in that game, they’ll have a 2.5-game lead over the Bengals, who are tied for the third seed in their division.
According the AP, Tomlins plans to lean heavily on the soft coverages that the Steelers have utilized this season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tomls offensive scheme will consist of a lot of quick, quick, long passes with quick slants.
Tomlins plan to run more screens and use zone-read schemes to get the ball to his running backs and wide receivers.
The emphasis will be on making the running backs run with the ball and make them work, not just to catch the ball.
This is a very big deal.
I feel like they have the most in-depth offense I’ve ever seen in the NFL.
– Steelers coach Mike Tannenbaum on the Steelers plan to use more zone reads and play man-to-man coverage.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a chance to win the AFC North with a win against the Bengals.
But the Bengals are one of the top teams in the league and will likely make it a lot easier for the Steelers to make the playoffs.
The team has the league-leading 13th-ranked defense, which is a big reason the Steelers will be able to beat the Steelers in a shootout.