Steelers look to start playoff push with game against Atlanta

The Pittsburgh Steelers get a shot at redemption with the NFC South this Sunday as they travel to Atlanta to take on the 5-8 Falcons. Although Atlanta has a losing record, they are tied for first place in the NFC South. The team they are tied with beat the Steelers 35-32 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have beaten some elite competition this season, however losses to teams like New Orleans and Atlanta cannot happen if they want to earn a playoff spot in the AFC North. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is having one of the best seasons of his career, and receiver Antonio Brown leads the league in receptions and is second in total receiving yards.

This season hasn’t been very Steeler-like. This defense is 23rd in passing defense, giving up 284.5 passing yards per game. The defense has caught the injury bug. Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier has been out for the majority of the season with different injuries, and the Steelers were without outside linebacker Jarvis Jones for 9 weeks due to a wrist injury. This defense is in for a challenge, as they pay a visit to Julio Jones, who leads the NFL in receiving yards. The average price for Steelers ticket to this game is $263.60, which is the most expensive game that the Steelers will for the duration of the season.

This week sees an average price of $263.60 which represents a 7% decrease in the last seven days. This trend is surprising because both teams need a victory to stay relevant in the playoff race. Atlanta especially needs this because if they don’t win the NFC South, they’re record is far behind the teams in the running for the Wild Card spots in the NFC. Despite the negative trend, the get-in price is still $120.00.

With a win and a Cincinnati loss, Pittsburgh will take control of the AFC North. With a loss, they could potentially fall to last place in the division. Needless to say, the Steelers will need to play one of their best games of the season in order to beat Atlanta at home. Atlanta is 3-3 at home, but have beaten division leaders such as Arizona and New Orleans in the Georgia Dome. The Steelers will need superb play from Ike Taylor, who was torched by Kenny Stills in their loss to New Orleans. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives, so fans should be in for a treat on Sunday.

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