Pittsburgh
Steelers
Stadium Heinz Field
5-5-0 Overall | 1-2 AFC NORTH 2nd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense80.7213.720
Defense105.2245.520.2
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Fri  8/9
vs
Buccaneers
W30-28
Week 3Sat  8/17
vs
Chiefs
W17-7
Week 4Sun  8/25
@
Titans
W18-6
Week 5Thu  8/29
@
Panthers
L19-25
Regular season
Week 1Sun  9/8
@
Patriots
L3-33
Week 2Sun  9/15
vs
Seahawks
L26-28
Week 3Sun  9/22
@
49ers
L20-24
Week 4Mon  9/30
vs
Bengals
W27-3
Week 5Sun  10/6
vs
Ravens
L / OT23-26
Week 6Sun  10/13
@
Chargers
W24-17
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

While the Texans, Jaguars and Titans all benefit from not having to play Andrew Luck twice a year the teams that might have benefited the most are the Steelers, Ravens and Browns who are now all above 50% in playoff percentage. If the Chargers without Derwin James and Melvin Gordon disappoint early there may be two Wildcard spots available to this division. They are one of 3 teams with 18/1, 5.3% odds to win the Super Bowl. Their 3% chance is #9 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. In simulations, they win the AFC 6.6% of the time and are not a good value at 9/1, 10%. The Steelers are averaging 9.2 wins per sim which is essentially the same as their futures line of 9 wins. At -110 the Steelers are a good value to make the playoffs with a 57.7% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 3/2, 40%. They win the division in 36.4% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the AFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

They were expected to win 60% of their games last season so their 9-6-1 met expectations. They were solid against the spread going 8-7-1 for (+30 profit). They went over 8 times and came in under 8 times. In their next game vs the Patriots they are only winning 33% of the simulations. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are an elite scoring team based on points per game, which make sense given their strong yards per play rank. They are a top 10 team based on yards per play allowed but only an average team in points allowed. They are the #18 ranked defense in opponents' TD rate (passing and rushing TDs per offensive play).

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by JuJu Smith-Schuster who is projected to be the #5 WR. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
92 Adeniyi, Ola LB6-124809/12/19972Toledo
94 Alualu, Tyson DE6-330405/12/198710California
72 Banner, Zach T6-836012/25/19933USC
26 Barron, Mark ILB6-223010/27/19898Alabama
4 Berry, Jordan P6-519503/18/19915Eastern Kentucky
9 Boswell, Chris K6-218503/16/19915Rice
40 Brooks-James, Tony RB5-919012/06/19940Oregon
96 Buggs, Isaiah DT6-329508/24/19960Alabama
25 Burns, Artie CB6-019705/01/19954Miami (FL)
55 Bush, Devin LB5-1123407/18/19980Michigan
57 Canaday, Kameron LS6-424508/20/19923Portland State
56 Chickillo, Anthony LB6-325512/10/19925Miami (FL)
30 Conner, James RB6-123305/05/19953Pittsburgh
37 Dangerfield, Jordan DB5-1119912/25/19903Towson
66 DeCastro, David G6-531601/11/19908Stanford
48 Dupree, Bud OLB6-426902/12/19935Kentucky
34 Edmunds, Terrell SS6-121701/20/19972Virginia Tech
33 Edmunds, Trey RB6-222312/30/19942Maryland
51 Elliott, Jay LB6-324011/11/19914Toledo
71 Feiler, Matt T6-633007/07/19923Bloomsburg
67 Finney, B.J. G6-431810/26/19914Kansas State
39 Fitzpatrick, Minkah FS6-120711/17/19962Alabama
73 Foster, Ramon G6-532801/07/198611Tennessee
81 Gentry, Zach TE6-826509/10/19960Michigan
23 Haden, Joe CB5-1119504/14/198910Florida
79 Hargrave, Javon NT6-230502/07/19934South Carolina State
97 Heyward, Cameron DE6-529505/06/19899Ohio State
28 Hilton, Mike CB5-918403/09/19943Ole Miss
6 Hodges, Devlin QB6-121004/12/19960Samford
80 Holton, Johnny WR6-319008/22/19913Cincinnati
18 Johnson, Diontae WR5-1018307/05/19960Toledo
14 Jones, Tevin WR6-222512/26/19921Memphis
29 Kelly, Kam DB6-220508/19/19961San Diego State
31 Layne, Justin CB6-219201/12/19980Michigan State
2 Lynch, Paxton QB6-724402/12/19943Memphis
44 Matakevich, Tyler ILB6-123512/22/19924Temple
93 McCullers-Sanders, Dan DT6-735208/11/19926Tennessee
89 McDonald, Vance TE6-426706/13/19907Rice
22 Nelson, Steven CB5-1119401/22/19935Oregon State
76 Okorafor, Chukwuma T6-632008/08/19972Western Michigan
53 Pouncey, Maurkice C6-430407/24/198910Florida
2 Rudolph, Mason QB6-523507/17/19952Oklahoma State
38 Samuels, Jaylen RB6-022507/20/19962NC State
19 Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR6-121511/22/19963USC
24 Snell, Benny RB5-1022402/27/19980Kentucky
41 Spillane, Robert LB6-22250Western Michigan
20 Sutton, Cameron CB5-1118802/27/19953Tennessee
88 Vannett, Nick TE6-626103/06/19934Ohio State
78 Villanueva, Alejandro T6-932009/22/19885Army West Point
95 Walton, L.T. DE6-530503/31/19925Central Michigan
13 Washington, James WR5-1121304/02/19962Oklahoma State
90 Watt, T.J. OLB6-425210/11/19943Wisconsin
98 Williams, Vince ILB6-123312/27/19897Florida State