Bruised Ribs And Home-Field Advantage - By Mike Marino

Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial

Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for this weeks game against the Buffalo Bills, but who cares? The Bills are a surging team fighting for playoff position and very well might knock the Steelers off, but who cares? The Steelers will be at home throughout the playoffs, and with their first round bye, Big Ben will have plenty of time to rest.

The game is meaningless for the Steelers. It was reported that Big Ben is extremely doubtful for the game, while Plaxico Burress will be making his return.

The Steelers are riding a franchise-record 13-game win streak, while the Bills are on a six-game win streak. The Bills started out the season 0-4, but they are now one of the toughest teams in the NFL to beat. They're certainly one of the most dangerous, but their playoff hopes are dim.

The Bills need to win against the Steelers and have either the Jets or the Broncos lose in order to go to the playoffs.

If Big Ben doesn't play, he will have finalized two records in which he surpassed Dan Marino. The first, Roethlisberger's 13-0 record as a rookie starting quarterback. The second, Big Ben has completed 66.4 percent of his passes and has a QB rating of 98.1, both better than Marino's 58.3 percent completion and a passer rating of 96.

In other news around the NFL, the Colts/Chargers game last week was incredible. Well of course, we had Peyton Manning breaking the record, like we haven't heard enough of that, but more importantly, we saw Peyton Manning at his best. He led the Colts from behind to win the game in overtime.

He showed his leadership by, at one point, overruling the head coach who was sending the punt team out, and lined up to go for it on fourth down. Of course, he successfully completed it on an incredible pass into coverage. The Colts are in good shape, and they could be a threat to any team in the AFC.

Another thing we learned from that game is that you are going to need offense to beat the Chargers. The Chargers have a good offense of their own behind Drew Brees, LaDanian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates, and you just might get into a shootout with them. It's not their quick scoring power, rather it's their consistent scoring each drive that gets you into a shootout.

The AFC is truly an amazing conference this year. The playoffs are going to be great, especially the games at Heinz Field. The Steelers will have a nice long break after this weeks game, hopefully it will be a pleasant break by way of a win so that Coach Cowher isn't in a bad mood.