Two weeks ago, it looked as if the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to grind it out and take the AFC’s top seed no matter what happened. After a loss to Washington last week, however, and a loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, that appears to no longer be the case. The Bills, quite simply, dominated them on Sunday Night Football, winning 26-15 to prove that they are one of the teams to beat in the AFC.
The win moves them up to 9-3 overall, while the loss demotes the Steelers to 11-2, crucially one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the race for the only first-round bye in this season’s edition of the playoffs. Josh Allen had two touchdown tosses and safety Taron Johnson had a 51-yard pick-six that helped them overturn an early 7-0 deficit. The aforementioned Chiefs also won, defeating the Miami Dolphins 33-27. That clinched the AFC West for them and ensured the Steelers would be in the postseason despite Pat Mahomes throwing for more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two) on the day. That’s five AFC West titles in a row for them as a team, and you now have to wonder if anyone can seriously take top spot in the conference away.