2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: PITTSBURGH STEELERS
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (AFC North)
2016 record: 11-5 (5-1 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: WR Justin Hunter, (R) OLB T.J. Watt, (R) WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, DE Tyson Alualu,
KEY DEPARTURES: WR Markus Wheaton, CB Justin Gilbert, TE LaDarius Green
2016 SEASON RECAP
The 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers had the season end in a way they have grown accustomed to but still hate it mote and more every time it happens. They fell to the New England Patriots 36-17 in the AFC Championship game. Before the end there was the beginning. This team had one of the more interesting 2016 seasons in the league. After a 4-1 start they dropped 4 in a tow to fall to 4-5. Then they proceeded to win their final 7 games to head into the playoffs 11-5.
The team was led by the Killer B’s like always. Big Ben, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell proved to be one of if not the most dangerous QB-RB-WR trio in the NFL. Ben threw for over 3,800 even while missing some playing time. Brown hauled in 106 rec 1,284 yards and 12 TDs while Bell totaled 1,884 total yards and 9 total TDs. The team is one of the NFL Elites and they showed it again in 2016 mow they must focus on conquering the Dragon that is Tom Brady in 2017.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
The 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to get over the hump and put the teams 7th Lombardi trophy in their trophy case. The offense will be one of the leagues best again but if they wanna unseed New England and hold off the up and coming Raiders, they are gonna need the defense to step up and compliment that high octane offense. Linebackers Ryan Shazier and Bud Dupree will have to make plays and minimize defensive mistakes.
The Addition of Rookie T.J. Watt will help the pass rush going forward. Mike Tomlin and the organization will have to get the LeVeon Bell Franchise tag issue sorted out if any of their goals have any real shot of coming true. Already the Class of the AFC North, if this team is able to reach their potential they could once again be the class of this entire league.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Ben Rothlisberger, WR Antonio Brown, RB LeVeon Bell, LB Ryan Shazier
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
11 – 5