The Pittsburgh Steelers are done playing football for the 2019 season, but they aren’t alone. Only 8 teams remain in the NFL Playoffs, but it doesn’t make watching any easier. The Steelers, and their fans, prepare themselves to watch the Baltimore Ravens be the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. Yeah, not a fun exercise.
Nonetheless, as the Steelers embrace their current position as a team on the outside looking in, fans are actually gaining confidence in the team heading into 2020. The SB Nation FanPulse crew continued to poll fans regarding their overall confidence level, even with the season officially over.
The latest FanPulse results certainly paint a pretty accurate photo of how fans truly feel:
When it comes to the data, the Steelers’ fan confidence had been on on crazy roller coaster ride throughout the 2019 season. Confidence peaked at 83% after the Steelers beat the Rams. This approval percentage was the highest the fan base has recorded since after Week 1 in the preseason; however, it never reached those heights again, only reaching 75% after their revenge win over Cleveland at Heinz Field.
What about after the way the Steelers’ season ended? The loss to the Ravens technically didn’t end their season, but fans had to be frustrated, right? According to the FanPulse data confidence actually went up to 43% heading into the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and continued to increase to 59% as the team now prepares for another lengthy offseason.
How is this so? What caused the confidence to actually go up?
If I were to put my finger on the pulse of those taking the weekly survey, it would likely revolve around the fact the Steelers are hopeful to get Ben Roethlisberger and company back for the 2020 season. Combine an improved offense with the up-and-coming defense and fans might not be brimming with confidence, but they have hope.
Where there is hope, there is a way...
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