2. Pittsburgh Steelers
Perhaps surprisingly, the Steelers have appeared on this list several times in the early going of the season. Their 2-2-1 record leaves them in the bottom of the AFC North, tied with the Cleveland Browns. They sit one game behind the Baltimore Ravens and two games behind the surprisingly good Cincinnati Bengals.
Speaking of the Bengals, they host the down-trodden Steelers this week. However, the Steelers are coming off of a big win over the Falcons in Week 5. One in which they were cruising on both sides of the ball, scoring 41 points on offense and getting Antonio Brown back on track. With Le’Veon Bell waiting in the wings, this season is far from over for the Steelers.
A win over the Bengals would bring them within a game of the division leaders and would be a huge confidence boost for a team needing some motivation. With their bye coming in Week 7, they will have a chance to regroup and reorganize heading into their last ten games.
A win would improve them to 3-2-1 with ten to play, giving them a fighters chance at making the playoffs. With the amount of talent on the roster, missing the playoffs would be a colossal failure. Hopefully with a win over the Bengals the Steelers will be able to right the ship, just in the nick of time.