PITTSBURGH- The Steelers offense struggled last season. Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury during the week two game against the Seattle Seahawks. The offense never recovered after losing Big Ben. Running back James Conner wasn’t able to follow up on a strong 2018 season. JuJu Smith-Schuster regressed as well. It looked like rough times for the Steelers offense last year. Big Ben is back and has a new offensive target in rookie, Chase Claypool (1,037 yards, 13 touchdowns), the tall 6’4″, 238-pound receiver out of Notre Dame.
As every football fan can guess right away, Claypool gives the Pittsburgh offense a needed red-zone threat. Big Ben will benefit as defenses have more to worry about in the 2020 season. The rookie is an excellent route runner with the agility to make quick cuts to make defenders miss tackles.
Now the Steelers have Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Claypool, and Roethlisberger to generate the passing attack. Pittsburgh looks to have a balanced yet dynamic offensive group that should have a different look and feel. The Steelers offense was the 30th overall unit in the NFL in the 2019 season.
The Steelers defense should continue to be a top four-unit. Pittsburgh has the defense to make the playoffs, no questions asked. If the offense rebounds after the rough 2019 season, the Steelers will certainly make the playoffs in 2020. No team in the AFC North has a great chance to dethrone the Baltimore Ravens as the AFC North Champions. However, Pittsburgh has a chance to be in the mix for second place again but this time with a chance to advance as a wild card team.
Prediction- The Steelers will bounce back and make the wild card round. Pittsburgh will finish just ahead of the Browns with a 10-6 record. You heard me correctly.