The playoff race in the NFL has just become stranger. The Pittsburgh Steelers were supposed to cruise into the playoffs against supposedly inferior competition, even though said competition was within its division. But the Baltimore Ravens shocked the Steelers in the biggest regular-season upset in Steelers history. The Steelers were favored to win by 11.5 points over the Ravens, who have more players on injured reserve than any other team, and who started a fourth-string quarterback in Ryan Mallet.
But all is not lost for the Steelers. If the Buffalo Bills defeat the Jets and the Browns lose to the Steelers, Pittsburgh will go to the playoffs. However, if the Jets win, the Jets will be playoff bound.
Some fans were shocked that the St. Louis Rams defeated the vaunted Seattle Seahawks, who, like the Steelers, were on an impressive winning streak. But the Rams have been playing the Seahawks tough in recent years, and they are not intimidated by the vaunted Legion of Boom.
This weekend everything will be settled. Teams will get their final chances to determine who will get into the playoffs and who will be seeded where. This is why they make the big bucks.