The Steelers and their fans would like to avoid sightings of any signs like the one above heading into the last week of the season.
The Steelers chance of making it to the postseason is 46.591% -- that's where it stands at the moment according to the math modeling experts over at Make NFL Playoffs.
They go on to say that the Steelers have a 26.8% chance to win the division (needless to say, Sunday night will go a LONG way to determining that) and will "need to win six of their remaining eight games to virtually assure themselves of a playoff berth" with a 99.954% probability and an 11-5 finish.
If they go 5-3 from here out (a 10-6 record overall), that drops just slightly down to 93.8%.
A 4-4 second half (9-7 finish) and now Big Ben and the boys are looking at a 41% postseason possibility, and a third straight 8-8 record (meaning they go 3-5 down the stretch) would have the black and gold faithful waiting around again to see if Nate Succop or some other kicker makes or misses another field goal in the West Coast games because they'll only have a 1% chance of making it to the second season.
So as it stands -- at this second at least -- things are lining up nicely for the Steelers. Even if they lose on on Sunday, their schedule after that is soft as Cortez Allen's coverage (cheap shot, I know).
On paper, the path to 5 wins is very doable with road games against the dumpster fire Jets (1-7), terrible Titans (2-6) and the flailing Falcons (2-6) and a 3-4 Saints team that will be away from their Dome Sweet Dome in late November.
Then again, a month ago Steelers fans were salivating at the prospects of three straight games against the Bucs, Jags & Browns and they went 1-2.
But, let's assume that the Steelers stay healthy and the lessons of the Tampa and Cleveland games are seared into their collective psyche and they take care of business when they should. That leaves a home game against a solid Kansas City team and the season series against Cincinnati -- one game on the road at the beginning of December, the other the regular season finale at Heinz Field.
Things are about to get reeeeally interesting in a season that has already seen the most schizophrenic play from any Steelers team I can remember in my adult life (I'm 37).
To paraphrase the great Mike Lange, buckle up, the second half of the season is ready to roll.