Steelers and Vikings seek to return to playoff contention

Pittsburgh and Minnesota need a win that puts them back into the wild-card fight in their conferences.

The Minnesota Vikings They’ve spent the whole season on the edge of the cliff. All his games except one have been decided by a touchdown.

The wild-card race in the National Conference that recently seemed affordable will now require a bit more work.

The Pittsburgh steelers they are out of the playoff spots in the American Conference and also face a tough schedule at the end. But his outlook looks better after Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

As fortuitous and unpredictable as the results in the NFL may be, it seems that the Steelers they cracked the code in these closed encounters. Meanwhile, Vikings They try to solve the same riddle.

“Obviously we would like to have a wide win and not have to worry, but I think we can learn something from last week’s game,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

Sunday brought a cruel end to the Vikings in Detroit, when the seasonless Lions won 29-27 with a touchdown pass on the final play, ending a 75-yard offensive drive.

Coach Mike Zimmer’s job is probably in jeopardy due to these last minute failures. In eight seasons with Minnesota, has seen his team lose seven times by a combined margin of just 28 points.

Race to the playoffs

The Steelers (6-5-1) are eighth in the AFC, but three teams – the Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills – currently have the wild-card walks and a slight 7-7 lead. 5.

The Vikings (5-7) are ninth in the NFC, one game behind Washington and the San Francisco 49ers and a half behind the Philadelphia Eagles.

TJ Watt for Defensive Player of the Year

The linebacker of the Steelers TJ Watt equaled the franchise record for sacks in a season, set by James Harrison. He reached 16 with a 3.5 sack performance against Baltimore. Watt is on track to break the one-season NFL record (22.5) set by Hall of Fame Michael Strahan with the New York Giants in 2001.

Some of his peers believe that Watt should be Defensive Player of the Year. That is not enough for Roethlisberger.

“Definitely should have the votes, because he is that type of player “, sentenced.