Even before the confetti really settled on the grass at Levi Stadium after Super Bowl 50, the Steelers were already being talked about as having a great chance to win the next Super Bowl. The off season has dealt them a few blows, but they are certainly still in the mix to make a legitimate run deep into the season. They have the experience, the fan base, and the explosive power on both sides of the field to make it happen.
Let’s begin with their division. The Steelers should be the odds on favorite to take the AFC North quite easily this year. Their only competition will be the Bengals, but they will likely just not be strong enough to win the games necessary to knock Pittsburgh out of first. The Ravens and Browns should sit squarely in the cellar. Ben Roethlisberger is arguably in his last few seasons of professional play, but he can still compete and will be hungry for one more Super Bowl victory to add to his legacy. He knows that time is running out, and the pieces are there this season to do it.
On the offensive side, the Steelers have arguably the best group of running backs in the league. Le’Veon Bell continues to impress. Even though he was injured in 2015, he was among the top five in most categories. He is healthy and ready for action come September. Let’s just ignore the current drama surrounding his first 4 games, as he claims he will be vindicated. DeAngelo Williams has proven himself as an exceptional backup as well. These guys know how to create openings and gain some major yards.
The team also boasts one of the top receiver units in the NFL, even though it centers around one player in Antonio Brown. He is highly productive and continues to get better. With Martavis Bryant serving out a suspension this season, the Steelers will need even more out of Brown if they truly want to contend for an AFC title against the Patriots.
The Steelers had a tough season on the defensive side of the field last year, They have worked to rectify that by using the top three draft picks in this year’s draft to fill some gaps. They still have some work in this area, but they are doing their best to impress their fans. Cameron Heyward is a bright spot. He had 58 total pressures last season, which was fifth most in the league for his position. He is strong and durable. Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier will need to show up drastically improved in 2016, however, as they missed way too many tackles last season. If the defense can hold the opponents and give Roethlisberger some great field position, they will have done their job.
The Steelers might not be the odds on favorite to win it all when the season kicks off in September, but they are definite contenders. If they can stay healthy, the postseason is there for the taking. From there, it will just take a lot of hard work and determination to earn their ticket to Houston.
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