Key Additions: Steven Nelson, Mark Barron, Donte Moncrief, Devin Bush, Diontae Johnson, Justin Layne, Benny Snell
Key Returns: Anthony Chickillo, Eli Rogers, Daniel McCullers
Key Departures: Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Jesse James, Morgan Burnett, L.J. Fort,
|Week 1||Sept. 8th 8:20 PM ET||@ New England Patriots (NBC)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Seattle Seahawks (FOX)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 4:25 PM ET||@ San Francisco 49ers (CBS)|
|Week 4||Sept. 30th 8:15 PM ET||vs. Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Baltimore Ravens (CBS)|
|Week 6||Oct. 13th 8:20 PM ET||@ Los Angeles Chargers (NBC)|
|Week 7||Bye Week|
|Week 8||Oct. 28th 8:15 PM ET||vs. Miami Dolphins (ESPN)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 1:00 PM ET||vs. Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 4:25 PM ET||vs. Los Angeles Rams (FOX)|
|Week 11||Nov. 14th 8:20 PM ET||@ Cleveland Browns (FOX)|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 1:00 PM ET||@ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)|
|Week 13||Dec. 1st 4:25 PM ET||vs. Cleveland Browns (CBS)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 4:25 PM ET||@ Arizona Cardinals (CBS)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ New York Jets (CBS)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||@ Baltimore Ravens (CBS)|
Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers were fun to watch if you weren’t a Steelers fan because of all that drama happening in the locker room. This year it looks to be different is the drama queens in Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are gone. The Steelers finished 9-6-1 in 2018 and just barely missed the playoffs and all of a sudden people think they have no chance of winning the AFC North and can’t make any noise in the NFL, that’s crazy!
I will admit, the Cleveland Browns look nice, but we haven’t seen them play. Things look good on paper, but once things get going it could get ugly. A perfect example is… the 2018 Steelers. Now, there’s no holdout happening on the Browns, but there are interesting characters like Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield, and Freddie Kitchens that could cause some drama throughout the season if things get rough.
The Steelers are still the top team in this division as Ben Roethlisberger is still a top tier QB in this league, James Connor looks good and should see his role expand if he can stay healthy, Juju Smith-Schuster should have another great season and the offensive line is really good, but the ”issue” is who else could make plays? I don’t think this should be an issue like the media is making it out to be, because we forget the Steelers are one of the best in developing talent in those skill positions, as they helped AB, Juju, Bell, and Connor. James Washington could be a guy that could have a breakout year, Donte Moncrief is a solid receiver and Blake Snell will be a solid backup to Connor. The Steelers might not produce as much as they would, but they are still going to be good, especially for a team that averaged 26.8 points (T-6th).
Defensively, the Steelers allowed 22.5 points per game (T-16th), so there’s room for improvement. I loved that the Steelers traded up for Devin Bush because he’s the real deal. The athletic ability, strength and speed is going to be fun to watch and his potential is through the roof. The Steelers defense is pretty young and is just going to get better in my opinion. The defense includes T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Mark Barron, Bud Dupree, Joe Haden, and Terrell Edmunds. I don’t expect the Steelers to be lights out, but they should be close to the top ten.
I don’t see how people could jump on the Browns bandwagon so fast. I understand they have the characters and they got these flashy playmakers, but the Steelers are the real dogs of the division. The veterans, the young talent, and Mike Tomlin, come on, the Steelers should be everyone’s pick to win the division. Besides the division, the Steelers in my eyes are still a team that can compete for the Super Bowl this year. I don’t think it’s smart for people to just forget about the Pittsburgh Steelers.