November record: 3-1
The Pittsburgh Steelers once looked destined to be picking in the top-ten of the 2020 NFL Draft class… well, the Miami Dolphins own their pick, but that’s beside the point. The point is that the Steelers looked washed and unable to compete in 2019 at all, let alone for the AFC North crown.
Now, they’re 7-5 with a chance to win the AFC North if a lot goes right for them. Regardless, the team has a favorable schedule to end the 2019 season and could easily have a winning record and appear in the playoffs. The only thing stopping this team is itself.
There’s a carousel at the quarterback spot right now, as Mason Rudolph has proven to be completely inept to starting in the league. Pittsburgh is currently rolling with UDFA Devlin Hodges, who’s doing just enough to win games. The defense is a whole other animal and is the biggest reason why they’re winning.
The Steelers currently have the third-most sacks in the NFL with 43 and have the second-most interceptions in the league with 15. The team has two legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidates in T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick, the latter of whom was gifted to them from the Dolphins in exchange for that first-round pick. That trades looking pretty darn solid for Pittsburgh right about now.
The Pittsburgh Steelers control their own destiny. The AFC North crown is a reach, but nonetheless attainable. Meanwhile, the playoffs are still wide-open and right now it would be a shock if anyone usurped their bid for the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs.