A capsule look at the remaining teams on the Steelers' schedule:
Nov. 29, at Seattle (5-5)**
Offense: No. 10 (first rushing, 27th passing)
Defense: No. 2 (10th rushing, second passing)
Takeaway/giveaway: 12th (tied), plus 1
The skinny: Seattle has lost two games at home (3-2) for the first time since the 2011 season … The Seahawks are an NFL-best 23-5 in November-December games since 2012 … RB Thomas Rawls had 209 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries filling in for RB Marshawn Lynch in Sunday's 29-13 home win over San Francisco. Rawls also caught a touchdown pass and leads Seattle with 604 yards on 101 carries (6.0 per carry) … The Seahawks have rushed for 100 yards as a team in 21 consecutive games … CB Richard Sherman has an NFL-leading 24 interceptions since 2011 ... Seattle led the NFL in scoring defense in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and is No. 7 this season (19.2 per game).
Dec. 6, Indianapolis (5-5)
Offense: No. 18 (20th rushing, 15th passing)
Defense: No. 27 (21st rushing, 29th passing)
Takeaway/giveaway: No. 27, minus 6
The skinny: The Colts won at Atlanta, 24-21, on Sunday. QB Matt Hasselbeck threw for 213 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and won for the third time in three starts this season in place of QB Andrew Luck … Indianapolis is 24-7 in games decided by eight points or less under head coach Chuck Pagano since 2012 (5-3 this season, including a 27-24 win over Denver on Nov. 8 and a 34-27 loss to New England on Oct. 18) … The Colts are 16-4 under Pagano in games following a loss (2-3 this season) … RB Frank Gore is the NFL's active leader in attempts (2,604) and rushing yards (11,706) … Indianapolis has won five of eight after opening 0-2.
Dec. 13, at Cincinnati (8-2)
Offense: No. 7 (12th rushing, ninth passing)
Defense: No. 15 (13th rushing, 15th passing)
Takeaway/giveaway: No. 8, plus 4
The skinny: The Bengals led the NFL in scoring defense through nine games at 16.9 points per game but dropped to No. 3 (18.6) after Sunday night's 34-31 loss at Arizona … Cincinnati is 20-4-1 in its last 25 regular-season home games … The Bengals ranked No. 3 in the NFL in rushing attempts per game (29.3), then ran it 25 more times against the Cardinals … QB Andy Dalton's game-winning drive on Nov. 1 against the Steelers was his third this season in the fourth quarter or in overtime (Sept. 27 at Baltimore, Oct. 11 vs. Seattle) … Dalton and WR A.J. Green have combined for 328 completions and 4,814 yards since arriving together in 2011, the most of any QB-WR duo in their first four seasons … Cincinnati is 66-15-1 under head coach Marvin Lewis with a plus turnover differential (the Bengals are 26-19-0 under Lewis when the turnovers are even and 16-58-1 with a minus differential).
Dec. 20, Denver (8-2)
Offense: No. 24 (27th rushing, 17th passing)
Defense: No. 1 (seventh rushing, first passing)
Takeaway/giveaway: No. 15, even
The skinny: The Broncos led the NFL in total defense (277.3 yards per game), passing defense (182.8), sacks (32) and interception return yards (247) heading into Sunday's game at Chicago. Then they beat the Bears, 17-15, holding Chicago to 347 yards, to 33 percent on third downs (4-for-12) and to 25 percent in the red zone (1-for-4). Denver also had an interception, two sacks and a sack/fumble recovery … QB Brock Osweiler went 20-for-27 passing, for 250 yards, with two TDs and no interceptions against the Bears in place of QB Peyton Manning … Manning has nine touchdown passes, 17 interceptions and a passer rating of 67.6 this season … The Broncos have allowed 23 sacks this season, up from an NFL-best 17 in 2014 (Osweiler was sacked five times in Chicago) … CB Aqib Talib has the most interceptions (30) and most interception returns for a touchdown (eight) since he entered the NFL in 2008.
Photos from the last matchup vs the Browns at Heinz Field on November 15th, 2015.
Dec. 27, at Baltimore (3-7)**
Offense: No. 11 (22nd rushing, seventh passing)
Defense: No. 18 (11th rushing, 24th passing)
Takeaway/giveaway: No. 30, minus 8
The skinny: The Ravens lost QB Joe Flacco and RB Justin Forsett to season-ending injuries in Sunday's 16-13 home win over St. Louis … Prior to Sunday Baltimore had 15 players on injured reserve, including WR Steve Smith Sr., WR Breshad Perriman (this year's No. 1 pick didn't play all season) and OLB Terrell Suggs … The Ravens' average margin of defeat is an NFL-low 4.6 points per game … All 10 of Baltimore's games have been decided by eight or fewer points … The Ravens have an NFL-best 111 sacks at home since 2011 … Baltimore took on St. Louis leading the NFL in net punting average (44.4 yards per) and tied for the NFL lead with three kickoff returns of 40-plus yards.
Jan. 3, at Cleveland (2-8)
Offense: No. 27 (31st rushing, 12th passing)
Defense: No. 30 (32nd rushing, 26th passing)
Takeaway/giveaway: No. 24 (tied), minus 5
The skinny: QB Johnny Manziel has been give the keys to the offense after completing 33 of 45 passes for 372 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 30-9 loss to the Steelers on Nov. 15. Manziel's passer rating for the season is 88.4 (76-for-128, 933 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions) … TE Gary Barnidge caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season in the game against the Steelers … When healthy, Cleveland's secondary is the only one in the NFL comprised of four Pro Bowl players (CB Joe Haden, CB Tramon Williams, S Donte Whitner and S Tashaun Gipson).