[Editor’s note: The weekly QB score column will be up late tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. Sorry for the delay.]
Exactly zero people saw it coming, but there it is in all its glory: Pittsburgh 13, New York Jets 16.
The loss drops the Steelers to 7-3. They now lead the Browns by only one game. Can Cleveland win the division?
This much is clear: The Browns would have to win out. This is not entirely out of the realm of possibilities, though, especially if the defense learns how to pressure a quarterback. The toughest test remaining for the Browns comes in two weeks at Arizona. Following that they get a resurgent Buffalo at home, which is probably the next toughest game, and at Cincinnati should be a fight. But none of the last six opponents is particularly daunting. Running the table is on the table.
The same is not true for the Steelers. Pittsburgh still has the Patriots on their schedule, which is as certain a loss as any game this season. Unfortunately, the Steelers own the tie breaker over the Browns, which means that the Steelers would need to lose two games for the Browns to have a chance to sneak past them. They host Jacksonville on December 16th. That’s no gimme. Neither is at St. Louis on the 20th — road game on three days’ rest? Yikes. Then they finish at Baltimore, which is never an easy place to win (as the Browns discovered). That’s three tough games in 14 days.
Anyone want to put odds on the chances the Browns win the division?