2016 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Win Total Predictions
The Pittsburgh Steelers could have the NFL’s best offense this season as they might have the league’s top quarterback/running back/receiving trio in Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Will that translate to more wins? The Steelers have a wins total of 10.5 on online NFL odds, with the over a slight favorite.
Here’s an Inside Look at the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Win Total Predictions
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Brown’s value to the team was never more evident than in the final game of the Steelers’ season, a loss in the divisional round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Pittsburgh still led going into the fourth quarter, but its offense was a shell of itself without the record-setting Brown. The team also lost Bell early on to a season-ending injury.
Why Betting On The Over?
It’s almost scary to think of what Brown would have done if Roethlisberger didn’t get hurt in 2015 and miss a few games. Brown, who finished with a career-best 1,834 receiving yards, likely would have become the first 2,000-yard receiver in NFL history. In the three games started by Michael Vick, Brown posted just 111 yards on 11 catches. Despite Roethlisberger’s absences, Brown still set a host of league and team records. His 265 catches in 2014 and 2015 were the most in a two-year span in NFL history and he’s also the only player with back-to- back 125-catch seasons.
This year, the Steelers are hoping to use Bell and DeAngelo Williams, who played very well when Bell was hurt in 2015, on the field at the same time. Bell was on pace for more than 1,800 yards of total offense before sustaining the knee injury, but Williams was able to keep the Steelers’; ground game moving without their All-Pro, scoring 11 rushing touchdowns and coming close to breaking the 1,000-yard mark. Roethlisberger revealed the team was looking to incorporate more creative packages with Bell and Williams last season, but the loss of Bell scuttled those plans.
Using two tailbacks would force a pass-catcher off the field, but Big Ben doesn’t see that as a problem because of Bell’s extraordinary versatility.
“You could count Le’Veon as a wide receiver, the way he catches, what he can do,” Roethlisberger said.
“You put them both in the backfield, you split them out, you do whatever you want with them. I just think the possibilities are endless because they’re very smart players and can bring a lot to the table for us.”
Why Betting On The Under?
The Steelers have lost No. 2 receiver Martavis Bryant, who was second on the team last year in targets, and tight end Heath Miller. Bryant is suspended for all of 2016 and Miller retired. After returning from his four-game suspension to start last year, Bryant had a productive 2015 season for the Steelers, hauling in 50 receptions for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games. Pittsburgh’s decision to sign receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a three-year extension was a direct result of Bryant’s potential absence in 2016. Pittsburgh also signed tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20 million deal.
Miller called it quits after 11 seasons. Miller, 33, validated his status as a 2005 first-round pick with 592 receptions, 6,569 yards and 45 receiving touchdowns — all franchise highs for the tight end position. He’s one of four Steelers to catch at least 500 passes. His career catches and yardage totals rank in the top four among tight ends in the period since he was drafted. For years, Roethlisberger’s safety valve over the middle of the field was Miller. That’s gone now. But perhaps Green can replace most of his production. In 2015, Green established single-season career bests in receptions (37), receiving yards (429) and touchdown receptions (4), as he started 11-of- 13 games played.
My Betting Prediction
Go under on NFL odds — like this team but fully expect Big Ben to miss a few games because he usually does due to injury.