It’s never really wise to hyperanalyze the Pittsburgh Steelers’ schedule release each and every year, but that’s exactly what happens as soon as the schedule for next season comes out in early May.
On Thursday night, the NFL released the schedule for all 32 teams, leading to some silly win-loss predictions for the Steelers throughout their 17-game schedule.
While it doesn’t seem like a tough schedule overall with no really tough stretches, ESPN NFL Nation Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor thinks the Steelers will be a team near the bottom of the NFL when it comes to their record heading into Week. 9. goodbye. Presenting a bold prediction for the Steelers as part of an NFL Nation piece that focuses on the league as a whole, Pryor believes the Steelers will have just three wins before the Week 9 bye.
“The Steelers will have three wins in the bye week. The first five games are not only tough, but every game before the break will be tough for a new quarterback to navigate,” Pryor writes. “The Steelers have a solid defense, but they will face formidable offenses from Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Miami and Cincinnati. The Browns, Patriots and Eagles aren’t a walk in the park either.”
As a reminder, the Steelers’ schedule goes like this before the bye week: Bengals vs. Patriots, at Browns (Thursday Night Football), vs. Jets, at Bills, vs Buccaneers, at Dolphins (Sunday Night Football), at Eagles.
While there are some big-name teams in that stretch, it’s not as difficult as Pryor writes. Sure, the Bengals, Bills and Buccaneers will have tough offenses with Joe Burrow, Josh Allen and Tom Brady under center, but assuming Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa are the real deal under center for the rebuilt Eagles and Dolphins offenses is a great exaggeration. .
The Steelers will have to navigate the opening eight-game stretch with a new quarterback, either Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett, but the defense is still relatively deep, and the Steelers aim to play a more physical, ball-control offensive style. this season under second-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
If the Steelers somehow enter the bye week of Week 9 with just three wins, as Pryor believes, Pittsburgh has a favorable stretch after the break that would allow them to recover from any kind of rocky start to open the season, as the Steelers face just two of last season’s playoff teams in the Bengals in Week 11 at home on Sunday Night Football, and then the Las Vegas Raiders at home on Christmas Eve in Week 16 on Saturday night on primetime.