Steelers: Stealing the 2014 Season
Coming off an 8-8 season in 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to improve this next season. In fact, they have plenty to look forward to with the signing of running back LeGarrette Blount this past March so get your cheap Steelers tickets while you can. An experienced team with plenty of talent will provide the Steelers with much optimism. In fact, they are not the only ones who are optimistic about their chances – the odds makers in Las Vegas predict that the team will go 10-6 in the 2014 regular season and win the AFC North Division. Such a bold prediction is not unfounded. After all, Pittsburgh has the 8th easiest schedule for the upcoming season, and healthy players such as center Maurkice Pouncey are set to return for the Steelers. This provides consistency for a team that has dealt with a plethora of injuries the past few seasons.
Look for the Steelers to show off their talent at home against rookie Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Pittsburgh has plenty of reasons to believe that they will win this game. First, debuting in one of the loudest stadium in the NFL might rattle some nerves for NFL newcomer Manziel, perhaps creating problems for the Browns’ offense. That may help the experienced team led by veteran Ben Roethlisberger to come out with the victory. After that, the next big victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers should come against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. The Buccaneers finished last season with a 4-12 record, and although they are expected to be better this year, look for the Pittsburgh Steelers to overpower Tampa Bay in front of another noisy home crowd.
One game the Steelers might struggle with is in Week 10 at the New York Jets. Last season, the Jets surpassed expectations and ended up 8-8, just like the Steelers. This upcoming season will see the Jets add new talent, such as Michael Vick, to the roster. Many analysts expect the Jets to be a very strong team in 2014, and that will likely hurt the Pittsburgh Steelers in this game.
However, the Steelers can expect a very successful season overall and perhaps make a run in the playoffs. They have the tools necessary to do so – a veteran roster, a relatively easy schedule, and plenty of talent. Each game will provide the stage for the team to return to its once dominant position atop the NFL, and fans can expect the team to try their best.