As we gear up for the NFL season that awaits, one factor we already find out about this season’s Steelers is the .512 successful share of their opponents, primarily based on final season’s information, which ties them for the twelfth-most tough. The first half is a doozy, that includes video games in opposition to the Bengals, Patriots, Bills, Bucs and Eagles, the latter of which being a highway sport, and Philly being a spot Pittsburgh hasn’t gained since 1965.
The second half of the schedule is much less daunting, that includes a number of video games in opposition to non-playoff qualifiers from final yr. One main caveat to the schedule as nicely is the truth that the crew doesn’t have to go away the Eastern Time Zone, which as everyone knows, generally is a main adjustment challenge for a lot of groups.
Mike Sando of The Athletic just lately put his personal spin on the upcoming season’s schedule, and decided to rank each team’s level of difficulty, based on the opposing quarterbacks, utilizing his personal QB Tiers rankings. To no shock, he has guys like Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert as Tier 1 gamers. In this train, the Chiefs have the hardest schedule, but Pittsburgh doesn’t come in much better, ranking sixth. This train even takes into consideration the Deshaun Watson scenario in Cleveland, and if we add him in, Pittsburgh strikes up a number of notches into the third-most tough. However, since at this stage it’s an absolute wild card, he leaves Watson and Cleveland out of the equation altogether.
“There’s volatility built into the Steelers’ schedule pending resolution of Watson’s situation, but it’s a top-10 schedule regardless,” Sando writes. “The AFC North is matched with the AFC East, which mean’s facing Buffalo’s Allen, and also with the NFC South, which brings the Buccaneers’ Brady.”
This can also be contemplating the truth that the crew will clearly have their house and away video games in opposition to the likes of Burrow, a stylish MVP candidate, and likewise Baltimore’s elusive Lamar Jackson, who Sando ranks as a Tier 2 QB. Derek Carr is one other Tier 2 choice who’s maybe primed for a monster yr, because the entrance workplace swung for the fences in buying and selling for famous person extensive receiver Davante Adams, Carr’s favourite school goal.
With Pro Bowler Darren Waller and the sure-handed Hunter Renfrow working out of the slot, coupled with the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Immaculate Reception, you may be certain this Christmas Eve sport is one the gamers have circled on their calendar.
An fascinating tidbit in all that is how Sando ranks Watson, as he qualifies him as a Tier 3, together with one other participant by the title of Baker Mayfield, the person he was introduced in to switch. When Sando inputs journeyman Jacoby Brissett because the beginning QB for the Browns, a particular season-long risk, that slides Pittsburgh’s rank all the way down to ninth.
In any occasion, it does look a bit intimidating on paper, and Pittsburgh is anticipated to be in lots of dogfight-type of video games. However the Chiefs have the worst of it, as they face 12 QB’s which might be both in Tiers 1 or 2.