Make no mistake about it, the Steelers (2-2) lost to the Ravens (1-3) in absolutely horrific fashion on Thursday night. A pair of botched fourth-and-short playcalls ultimately doomed the Steelers in overtime after two missed field goals evaporated their hopes in regulation.
At 2-2, the Steelers have fallen farther behind the Bengals (3-0) who hold first place in the AFC North and are currently ranked No. 5 in BES overall. They’ve also fallen completely out of the BES Top-10.
When we processed the numbers after the Thursday night clash, the Steelers emerged with a BES Overall score of 2.67. Historically, that score hasn’t been strong enough to hold a spot in the Top-1o. This means the Top-10 could have a new occupant when our Week 4 BES rankings go out on Tuesday.
A speculative glance at potential replacements for the Steelers puts the spotlight on two teams: the Vikings (2-1,No. 11, 2.75) and the Bills (2-1,No. 12, 2.69).
The Vikings have resided at No. 11 for two consecutive weeks so their time in the Top-10 is due. However, a tough road clash with the No.-1 ranked Broncos (3-0) could keep them out.
The Bills, on the other hand, have a more favorable matchup as they host the 1-2 Giants, ranked 27th in BES Overall.
Nevertheless, should both the Bills and Vikings win their respective games, the Vikings would win the promotion due to them facing a stronger opponent on the road. Either way, it’ll be fun to see exactly how all the dominoes fall.