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NFL Previews: 2014 PIttsburgh Steelers Preview and Analysis

The Pittsburgh Steelers started off rough last season, but Pittsburgh turned it out late, finishing the season with a record of 8-8 and competing late for a playoff spot.   

The Steelers should be improved this season as Pittsburgh has seemed to found their ground game again, which is always an important part of this offense.  Big Ben still has plenty left in the tank, and the emergence last season of Brown in the wideout spot is a huge positive sign for the Steelers this season.  Also, keep an eye on rookie wideout Martavis Bryant, who the Steelers picked up in the third round this past spring.  But, for all the talent on the outside for the Steelers, it will be up to Bell and Blount to improve upon the 86.4 yards per game the Steelers rushed for last season.

When I think Steeler football, I think defense.  Pittsburgh had a top ten unit against the pass last season, allowing just 222 yards through the air per game, but Pittsburgh could be ran on, and that needs to change this year.  The Steelers addressed that big time in the draft this past spring, picking up linebacker Shazier from the Buckeyes, and Tuitt, and impressive end from the Fighting Irish.   

The Steelers have a couple of tough spots in their schedule this season, but all in all this is a winnable slate for the Steelers, and I would not at all be surprised if Pittsburgh is back in the playoffs this year. 

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Pittsburgh Steelers Projected 2014 Record: 10-6

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