The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, but before the real games begin, the team has to head to training camp to fine tune their skills. As we here at BTSC prepare you for the start of camp, we give you a series called “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” which gives you a Steelers scenario every day leading up to the start of camp.
It is simple how it works. We provide you the scenario, reasons why it will or won’t happen, and then our prediction for what we think will take place.
Let’s get to the scenario...
Scenario: The Steelers offense will average over 30 points per game in 2021
2020 Points Per Game: 26 (12th)
Why it will happen: On paper the Steelers’ offense has lost a lot, mainly along the offensive line, but you can’t ignore just how dynamic the offense is at the skill positions. Najee Harris, Eric Ebron, Chase Claypool, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson...you get the picture. If Ben Roethlisberger can have time to throw, there is a good chance this offense is more dynamic than what fans saw in 2020. The 26 points per game last season wasn’t horrible, but the team struggled when it mattered most. In the final stretch of the regular season, and in the red-zone. If the team can turn field goals into touchdowns, and keep the pedal down for an entire season, they have a chance of averaging 30 points per game. On top of that, the recurring theme in all of these predictions is the new 17th game on the regular season schedule. Giving the Steelers another four quarters to add to their total could be the ticket to this prediction coming to fruition.
Why it won’t happen: It isn’t out of the realm of possibility the Steelers’ offense is dynamic, and maybe even better than 2020, but 30 points per game is difficult to do. The Steelers came close under Todd Haley’s direction, but 30 points per game has always eluded the Pittsburgh offense. Without Maurkice Pouncey, Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler and now David DeCastro, it seems unlikely the team can put together a line which can add four more points to the total, on average, for the 2021 season.
Prediction: I am as optimistic as they come with the Steelers, but this is the first prediction I’ve done in this series where I really don’t think it could happen. Would I be upset if it did? Absolutely not, but with the new offensive line, an unproven rookie running back and an aging quarterback doesn’t give me the most confidence when it comes to averaging 30 points per game. With that said, I want to also add I don’t feel it is necessary for the Steelers to average 30 points per game for them to be successful in 2021. If they could be at, or near, the 26 points they averaged in 2020 they will be in almost every game they play with how stout the defense will likely be this season.
Check out yesterday’s ‘30 Scenarios in 30 Days’ prediction:
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.