Bill Cowher's teams tend to survive a rough start and peak at the end of the season. The Steelers will again need to save their best for last, with four of their last five games on the road and their only home date in that span a showdown against the Broncos on Dec. 7. Six days later Pittsburgh travels to New England. If the Steelers are where Cowher wants them to be, the final five games will decide home field advantage for the AFC playoffs.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
NFL rank: 3
Opponents' 1996 winning percentage: .531
Games against playoff teams: 7