The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off an 11-5 season, winning the AFC North championship and breaking their string of back-to-back 8-8 seasons. Some contribute the 2014 success of the Steelers to playing one of the easiest schedules in the NFL. Regardless of what others think, the team will be tested to the max in 2015 when they have the most difficult schedule in the entire league.
When looking at the daunting schedule the Steelers will face this season, Las Vegas doesn't see the Steelers duplicating the success they achieved last year.
According to thespread.com, the Over/Under line on Steelers wins in a season is set at 8.5. A very low number for a team coming off an 11 win season. The team's odds to win Super Bowl 50 are 25/1, their odds of making it to the AFC Championship game are 10/1, and they are 11/5 odds on favorites to claim back-to-back AFC North titles.
Some might point at the team's losses of Jason Worilds, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu and Dick LeBeau as main reasons why the team could take a step back, and compounded with the difficult schedule could spell out a doomsday prophesy for the Steelers.
However, after giving Ben Roethlisberger a new contract, combined with one of the best overall offenses in the league, the Steelers offense will be relied upon to carry the load in 2015. Something they showed they were capable of doing in 2014, and something which could spell success again for the team in 2015.
Take a look at those odds. They aren't horrible, but if I were a betting man I would put my money on the Over for the Steelers Over/Under line of 8.5. Despite the difficult schedule, I feel the Steelers will at least win 9 game since 2015. Whether that will be enough to make the postseason has yet to be determined, but the Steelers certainly have an uphill battle awaiting them.