Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) hands the ball off to running back Le

Pittsburgh Steelers: Can they make the playoffs?

The Pittsburgh Steelers got off to an ugly 0-4 start to kick off the 2013-14 regular season, but they have been able to begin a turnaround and haul off two straight wins over the New York Jets and division rival Baltimore Ravens to keep themselves in the mix in the AFC North.

As we approach the midway point of the season, many are beginning to wonder whether or not the Steelers can make the postseason, so let’s take a look at the question.

The big reason for the Steelers turnaround is the fact that they have been finally been able to get a respectable running game going with rookie running back Le’Veon Bell. With the improved running game, less pressure is on Ben Roethlisberger to make the big plays, which has led to fewer drive-killing turnovers for the offense.

The defense has also stepped up and been able to create turnovers, which has significantly cut down their turnover differential and put them in more position to succeed moving forward.

With four games left in division play, the Steelers can close the gap between themselves and their rivals even more, along with games against the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

The schedule is favorable moving forward, so they could realistically jump back in the mix and complete a turnaround that seemed unlikely after their dreadful start.

Pittsburgh’s defense needs to continue forcing turnovers and Le’Veon Bell needs to keep racking up the yards in order for the Steelers to charge into the postseason, but this is a wild season and anything has proven to be possible.

When the playoffs roll around in January, don’t be surprised to see this team rely on their veteran leadership and make an appearance as a part of Wild Card weekend.

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