With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, coupled with the Baltimore Ravens loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers officially finished in second place in the AFC North.
With that comes a second-place schedule in 2014, opposed to a third-place schedule, which the Steelers would have had with a Ravens victory.
That means they will play at the New York Jets and host the Kansas City Chiefs next season, plus face Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland twice each, and the teams in the AFC South (Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee) and the NFC South (Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay).
The interesting part of that at first glance is the fact that the Chiefs will visit Heinz Field.
Given the fact that Kansas City didn’t do its part on Sunday to help the Steelers reach the postseason, you can bet they won’t be greeted kindly by the Heinz Field crowd.
The only difference in the schedule is by finishing second, the Steelers get the Jets and Chiefs instead of the Dolphins and Raiders.
The Jets and Dolphins could be a wash, but the Chiefs are a much better team than the Raiders, even though Oakland has beaten the Steelers the past two seasons.