NFL Playoff Team Preview: PITTSBURGH STEELERS
AFC PLAYOFF TEAM PREVIEW
#2 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
2017 Record: 13-3 ( 6-0 in Division)
Passing offense rank: 3rd
Rushing offense rank: 20th
Passing defense rank: 5th
Rushing defense rank: 10th
The record may not show it but this team has had its ups and downs over the 2017 season. The year started with a LeVeon Bell hold out, once that was over Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a few bad games and questioned if he still had IT. Star Wide out Antonio Brown had a spat with a random Gatorade jug and the team lost LB Ryan Shazier to a horrific spinal contusion that required surgery and many prayers.
Through all the issues the team still managed to find ways to win games early. But once the team got its footing it was must see t.v. on a weekly basis. The Killer B’s as they have come to be called ( Big Ben, L. Bell and A. Brown) has dominated defense with eye popping throws, mind blowing runs and magnificent catches. The Defense minus Shazier has shown that stopping the run is an issue but other teams trying to keep up with this offenses scoring negates the run a lot of times.
Heading into the post-season, coach Mike Tomlin’s bunch is one of the favorites to raise the Lombardi trophy but teams like the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars may have a thing or two to say about it.
Offensive MVP: Antonio Brown
Defensive MVP: T.J. Watt (rookie)