The Pittsburgh Steelers ultimate goal every season is to have the road to Super Bowl 52 go through Heinz Field, and after a quarter of the season they have a legitimate chance to do just that.

Everyone who is a fan of the black-and-gold wants to see the Pittsburgh Steelers win their 7th Lombardi trophy. There is no doubt about that, but what most fans realize as well is the process to winning said Super Bowl is to have the Steelers claim that top seed in the AFC, and force the road to Super Bowl 52 to come straight through Heinz Field.

Although early, throughout the first quarter of the NFL regular season, there is hope for the Steelers as their main goal and mission remains in tact.

Before diving into the details, let’s first update the current AFC Standings with Week 4 officially in the rear view mirror.

Current AFC Standings:

Kansas City Chiefs – 4-0
Buffalo Bills – 3-1
Pittsburgh Steelers – 3-1
Denver Broncos – 3-1
Jacksonville Jaguars – 2-2
Oakland Raiders – 2-2
New York Jets – 2-2
New England Patriots – 2-2
Houston Texans – 2-2
Baltimore Ravens – 2-2
Tennessee Titans – 2-2

With a 3-1 record, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, should still feel good about the notion of the team being able to have a chance at home field advantage when the dust settles. Why exactly? If you look at the games remaining on the schedule, and some other key variables, Pittsburgh should control their own destiny down the stretch.

That doesn’t necessarily mean they will, we all know how the team has the tendency to fold on occasion, but better to have the chance to claim the No. 1 seed, rather than having to rely on help.

The biggest factor when looking at the current standings would be the remaining games the Steelers play on their schedule. In other words, they play many of the top teams in the conference throughout the regular season, and those head-to-head games could be extremely helpful for potential tie breakers when the playoffs roll around.

In their remaining games, the Steelers play the Jaguars in Week 5 at Heinz Field, the Chiefs in Week 6 in Kansas City, the Titans in Week 11 at Heinz Field, the Patriots in Week 15 at home and the Texans in Houston in Week 16.

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