I'm already hearing talk about this year's playoff is unfolding like last year.
You know how that went: The Steelers lost their starting running back in Week 17, then lost in the wild-card round against a divisional opponent.
This year, DeAngelo Williams was injured in Week 17. And the Steelers face a divisional opponent -- the Bengals.
That's where it stops.
Williams has a sprained ankle, and is considered day-to-day.
They also face an opponent that has a rich history -- of losing in the postseason.
That's not to suggest that this game is a gimmie and the Steelers should book a trip to Denver.
This will present it's share of challenges, namely A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.
The Steelers will need to slow them down, no matter who's throwing the ball.
But, if A.J. McCarron is behind center, that should be in favor of the Steelers -- also something different from a year ago.