It's a shame because if Burrow was playing, I think it would be a much closer outcome than last time around. But yeah if the Steelers lose to your Bengals, it's all pretty much moot at that point.Hey! Totally looking past my awesomely coached Bengals here!
(Okay yeah we're gonna lost that one by like 50.)
Anyway gaming things out as you guys mention it's virtually certain that Cleveland has to be level with the Steelers for Week 17 to be the decider. I think the only way Cleveland would have a chance if a game behind you would need these exact results:
Pit: Beat Buff lose to Cincy and Indy
Clev: Beat Balt and win one of Giants or Jets.
Then the head-to-head and divisiom tiebreakers would he level (assuming Clev win in week 17) and the Browns would have the next tiebreaker: Common games.
I guess the Browns also have the tiebreaker if:
Pitt Beat Buff and Indy but lose to Cincy
and Clev win all 3 of Balt, Giants, Jets
So yeah the Browns need the Steelers to lose to both Buffalo and Indy because as mentioned above the Bengals will lose by what will hopefully be a fireable amount.