How Will The Steelers Fare in 2014?
I know it is way too early to do this, but I'm sick of talking about the draft and am curious to know what games you think are going to be crucial for the Steelers. Rod Woodson gives you his prediction and I can say I think he is right with his predictions. He really wasn't much of a homer (at least I think) and made some good points. Check out the video here.
He expects them to handle the Browns in week 1, but will lose close ones to Baltimore and Carolina and I agree. They will probably split with Baltimore and Carolina's defense may be too much for them to handle, however I could easily see them win their next 4. Not one of these teams had a winning record last year and the two away games are in Cleveland and Jacksonville which are not the worst of places to play away from home. The Jags may be getting better on defense, but they have no offense what so ever. Houston has a rookie HC and possibly a rookie QB and that will be too much on primetime in Pittsburgh. I agree that their 4 game streak could end with Luck coming to town, but like I said they will split with Baltimore and they are 3-1 against the Jets since 2010 and have won their last 3 in a row. With the Titans, the 3rd times the charm, they may finally beat them this year. New Orleans will be tough, even if it is here in Heinz Field and they will also likely split with Cincy, however they will finish strong with 2 out of their last 3 at home include back-to-back in weeks 16 and 17.
I think 11-5 or 10-6 is about right with the Steelers, whether or not it's enough to win the division is another story, but I agree with pretty much every game as Woodson. They will probably split with Cincy and Baltimore, but should definitely be able to sweep Cleveland and be 4-2 in the North (like last year). Against the NFC South, they should be able to go .500 which is the division they will struggle with the most. They should easily go 3-1 in the AFC South and at the absolute worst .500 but I doubt that and should be able to handle KC and New York.
Maybe not in that order, but they are capable of winning 10-11 games next year and I think they should be able to do that. They aren't facing many powerhouse divisions this year. Whether or not they actually do we will have to wait and see, but this isn't a very daunting schedule compared to their opponents next year (NFC West and AFC West)