With longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired, issues are going to be totally different in Pittsburgh. Big Ben might need had his flaws, however you knew he was not going to shrink from the second.
This yr, the starter goes to be both maligned veteran Mitch Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett. Right now, it’s arduous to know which one offers the Steelers an opportunity to maximise their season (no matter meaning).
As normal, the Steelers are going to attempt to depend on elite protection and making few errors to get wins. That is what coach Mike Tomlin is aware of greatest, and it’s arduous to argue along with his observe document.
Also, if you’re on the lookout for a constant franchise in any sport, the Steelers are arduous to beat. They may not problem for the Super Bowl yearly, however the final time they didn’t win not less than the eight video games you would wish to money this guess was again in 2003. That is an excellent run.
Pittsburgh positively has questions at quarterback, and that isn’t encouraging for having an over-perform season. With that observe document they’re a tricky group to low cost, although.
Pittsburgh Steelers win complete
Over 7.5 (-105)
Under 7.5 (-115)
Best Bet: Under 7.5
I needed to root for the Steelers to get to the over, however I simply could not see it. Looking at these payoffs, that’s the majority opinion too.
Pittsburgh has a tricky begin to the season taking over AFC North rivals Cincinnati in Week 1 and Cleveland in Week 3. The Bengals may be with out their quarterback whereas the Browns will probably be with out Deshaun Watson for certain. It shouldn’t be just like the Steelers are set at quarterback, both, so these benefits may be negligible. In the center of these video games is a contest in opposition to New England at residence. An 0-3 begin could be very possible.
Home to the New York Jets the following week is an anticipated win, however there aren’t too a lot of these within the first half of the schedule.
After that New York recreation, the Steelers play three playoff groups from final yr over their subsequent 4 contests — plus Miami, one of the improved groups within the league. Pittsburgh might play fairly effectively and nonetheless begin the season 1-7.
The Steelers have their bye in Week 9 and there are extra winnable video games within the second half of the season, however you do need to surprise that if it turns into apparent the playoffs usually are not practical that they may have a look at it as extra of a growth yr for the rookie Pickett.
In the second half of the season, the Steelers do get to play the underside of the NFC South — New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina. Those video games look very winnable however they’re unfold aside, so it’ll be arduous for Pittsburgh to get any momentum going.
Also within the second half are two video games in opposition to Baltimore, plus a contest every in opposition to Cincinnati and Cleveland (with Watson obtainable except he will get a full-year suspension).
You have to like that the Steelers are usually reliable, and they’ll be extra disciplined than different mediocre groups. But this seems like a rebuilding yr, so I will probably be fading them.