The Pittsburgh Steelers' 2012 Season Is Not Over Yet

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers works the sidelines during a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers looked atrocious during their loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 and the players should be ashamed at their performance.

I am not trying to completely disrespect the Cleveland Browns because they have played well in most of their games this season despite their 2-8 record going into the game.

That being said, Charlie Batch or not, the Steelers should have won this game and should’ve won comfortably.

You can just add this to the list of embarrassing losses on the season with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

As bad as this game was, however, the Steelers' season is not over yet. The team is benefiting from the AFC being generally down this year.

Even with the loss the Steelers still hold on to the final wild-card spot and remain slightly ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals.

It’s looking like there are realistically only four teams fighting for the last two playoff spots in the AFC: The Steelers (6-5), Bengals (6-5), Indianapolis Colts (7-4) and Miami Dolphins (5-6).

There are four teams sitting at 4-7, but for them to have any chance they would probably have to win every one of their remaining games and hope the other teams lose a couple.

The Colts obviously have the upper hand at the moment with a 7-4 record. However, if you look at their schedule, they still have to play the Houston Texans twice and a Titans team that took them overtime to beat in their first meeting.

If you want to assume that the Colts are too far ahead to be caught then that would leave the Steelers, Bengals and Dolphins fighting for the last playoff spot with Pittsburgh currently leading.

Three of the Bengals' last five games are on the road including a Week 16 matchup with the Steelers that could end up being the deciding game in this race.

The Miami Dolphins still have to play the Patriots twice, the 49ers and the Bills whom they have already lost to this season.

That brings us to the Steelers whose schedule is not easy by any stretch starting with the Ravens this week then the Chargers, Cowboys, Bengals and Browns.

After watching the game against the Browns no one should look at that schedule and just pencil in wins. However, I do not think we will see another game like that this season from the Steelers.

The game against the Browns was an abomination and can’t just be overlooked, but eight turnovers will not happen again.

The Steelers have the talent on offense, even without Ben Roethlisberger, and the defense to win games and I think they have a good shot at winning the rest of the games on their schedule.

Opposite of the Bengals, the Steelers will play three of their last five games at home where they are 4-1 to this point, the one loss coming against the Ravens.

The good thing is that the Steelers control their fate in this race and even if they lose to the Ravens on the road this week, they could definitely win their last four.

Injuries have been bad this season and losing Ben Roethlisberger is obviously devastating. However, it is up to Mike Tomlin to make sure an embarrassing performance like that against the Browns doesn’t happen again this season.

I have faith in Tomlin and in the players that they will get this done even though the team is not where I think it could or should be at the moment.

Losses to the Titans, Raiders, and Browns won’t mean anything if the Steelers just take care of business the rest of the way and get into the playoffs.