The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most iconic franchises not only in the NFL, but in all of sports. They are tied with the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl titles in NFL history with six. The last Super Bowl the Pittsburgh Steelers won was Super Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 27-23 in 2009.
The other five Super Bowl titles that Pittsburgh have won were against the Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Cowboys (2x), the Minnesota Vikings, and the Los Angeles Rams.
The Steelers have missed the playoffs the last two seasons and they have not done that since 2012-2013. The last time Pittsburgh missed the playoffs three seasons in a row was 1998-2000. The Rooney Family are the current owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This franchise has been in existence since the 1933 season.
They have also lost two Super Bowls as well. The most recent Super Bowl appearance Pittsburgh has been was in 2011 in Super Bowl XLV to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 31-25. The other Super Bowl they have lost to was the Dallas Cowboys as well in 1996 by a score of 27-17.
The current head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers is Mike Tomlin. The current General Manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers is Kevin Colbert. He is one of the best general managers in the NFL and he usually has a solid eye for talent and developing it.
Some of the key players that are on this roster on the offensive side of the ball are: Ben Roethlisberger, Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr. James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, James Washington, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Dionate Johnson,Trey Edmunds, Vance McDonald, Alejandro Villanueva, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Matt Feller, Zach Banner, and J.C. Hassenauer.
Some of the key players on the defensive side of the ball are: J.T. Watt, Joe Haden, Bud Dupree, Devin Bush, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmunds, Jordan Dangerfield, Marcus Allen, Cameron Heyward, Vince Williams, and Mike Hilton.
Chris Boswell is the team's kicker.
Jordan Berry is the team's punter.
Some of the most iconic players in franchise history are: Lynn Swann, Jerome Bettis, Troy Polamalu, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Hines Ward, James Harrison, and Carnell Lake.
Last season, when Ben Roethlisberger was sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury that required season ending surgery, backup QB Mason Rudolph played in 10 games and completed 62.5 percent of his passes. He threw for 1,765 yards 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. If Big Ben can't stay healthy this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to focus on the future.
The rushing attack was horrendous last season for Pittsburgh. James Conner rushed for only 464 yards on 116 carries and four touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 251 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
James Washington caught 44 passes for 735 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season. He was their leading receiver.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were 8-5 through 13 games last season, but they went 8-8 down the stretch and failed to make the playoffs.
TJ Watt was one of the only bright spots for the Steelers last season recording 55 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss, eight pass deflections, two interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. Watt is one of the best defensive players in the league and right up there with his older brother JJ.
They will open the season against the New York Giants on Monday September 14th at 7:15 p.m. Eastern at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Pittsburgh will have their home opener at Heinz Field, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday September 20th against the Denver Broncos at 1 p.m. Eastern. This season will be interesting though.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 Preview
Educational. That's the word I would use to describe the 2019-20 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. A year in which they were without the likes of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, yet still found themselves reaching second place in the division. With Big Ben out and Mason Rudolph in, the team found success defensively and didn't disappoint in the entertainment category. Lets not forget Myles Garrett's attempt to decapitate Rudolph with his own helmet.
The team doubled down on developing a talented young defense by adding safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. A player they acquired in a blockbuster trade with the tanking Dolphins. Fitzpatrick certainly didn't disappoint ending the year with 5 interceptions and 1 touchdown. Adding him into an already stout defense led by T.J Watt, helped keep the Steelers in games late and finish 8-8. Better than most had expected with Roethlisberger out. Many could site this as a disappointing season, but the amount of playing time awarded to young talent has to be recognized as a win for this franchise.
Off-season Moving and Shaking
Heading into his 14th year in the league, head coach Mike Tomlin must be chomping at the bit to utilize this deep and talented roster. The Steelers ended a productive off-season by signing four key players from around the league including, TE Eric Ebron, FB Derek Watt, and OL Stephen Wisniewski. While trading for DT Chris Wormly and resigning key players to short term deals. With the addition of Derek Watt, they now have two of the three active Watt brothers. The biggest move arguably would have to be trading for Chris Wormly. A guy who played all 16 games for Baltimore and accrued 17 solo tackles.
In terms of key losses, there are quite a few, however none are overwhelming talent. Guard Ramon Foster retired, DT Jason Hargrave left for Philadelphia, OL B.J. Finney left for Seattle and CB Artie Burns signed with Chicago. The Steelers did a great job signing an re-signing the talent needed to cultivate their young talent. Especially knowing that the draft wouldn't start for them until day 2 after trading their 1st round pick for Fitzpatrick. They utilized the picks they had well though adding key draftees in WR Chase Claypool in the second round and grabbing edge player Alex Highsmith in the 3rd. The biggest steal for the Steelers came in the next round taking guard Kevin Dotson to help replace Ramon Foster. Dotson played in 53 games in college earning first team honors in the Sun Belt conference in both of his last seasons.
The first contributor to look at from a betting standpoint has to be QB Ben Roethlisberger. A man who spent last year on the bench from injury and even considered retirement has seemingly turned it around for the 2020 season. Reports say his surgically repaired elbow seems to be doing better than most expected. DraftKings.com has Big Ben at +4000 to win the MVP this year and +2000 to throw for the most passing yards. Both bets are worth throwing a couple bucks at for a big payout. They also have Ben at +2000 for most passing touchdowns, something he's very capable of succeeding in if he stays healthy.
The second player to watch out for is Minkah Fitzpatrick. A man who absolutely balled out in his first year in Pittsburgh racking up 5 interceptions and two forced fumbles. If you're looking to fire up an individual bet, than look no further than Minkah's line to lead the league in interceptions. DraftKings has Minkah at +2000 and he's very capable of winning this for you. Look for Minkah to reach new heights in this defense by leading the league in interceptions.
The third and final key contributor to line up some bets for is stud LB T.J. Watt. Watt put up a defensive clinic last year ending in 14.5 sacks and 55 tackles. Time to fire up some individual bets before the season gets going. Two in particular. DraftKings has T.J. at +1300 for Sacks Leader and +1400 for Defensive Player of the Year. He's very capable of having a season that could lead to winning both of those bets. I fully expect Watt to lead the league in sacks this year which would ultimately put him in the Defensive Player of the Year category.
DraftKings has some very intriguing lines for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some may seem crazy, but if the Steelers can have a healthy Ben Roethlisberger they can win most if not all of the interesting lines. For Team Win Totals, DraftKings has the Steelers at +238 for over 10.5 wins. It's risky, but with their 2020 schedule being ranked as the 2nd easiest by NBC, anything is possible. Their 2020 opponents win percentage last season is at a lowly .457 percent.
In terms of the division, which won't be easy to win as long as Baltimore has Lamar Jackson leading the way, the Steelers sit at +350. However, if you're willing to take the over in the win column, then you might as well pair these together. If they hit eleven wins then they'll most likely win the division. Taking this a step further, DraftKings has them at +2500 to win the Super Bowl. Why not go big and take them all.
An Honest Prediction
What we know about the Steelers is that they never give up on a season. We also, know the team is deep with talent and boasts the divisions most talented defense.
I predict Big Ben to play all 16 games leading to an 11-5 record. All signs point to a fully healthy Ben, which means he should throw for around 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. We could be looking at big years for Juju, Eric Ebron and James Conner. With an overwhelming defense it will lead to another second place finish in the division behind a talented Baltimore team and a playoff birth. I don't see a Super Bowl happening this season, but at least a win in the Wild Card round.