NFL Pittsburgh Steelers

2018 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview

A NFL-best tying 13 wins last season and it didn’t even get the Pittsburgh Steelers to the AFC Championship Game. Losing at home as a big favorite to Jacksonville in the Divisional Round left a sour taste in the mouths of the Black and Gold and they are back for another shot, perhaps a bit angry at how the 2017 season ended. That dream matchup with the Pats never materialized, but the Steelers are heavy favorites to win their third straight AFC North title and give New England a run for conference supremacy.

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2018 Pittsburgh Steelers at a Glance

Steelers Super Bowl Odds: +1050

Steelers AFC Championship Odds: +435

Steelers AFC North Odds: -270

Steelers Regular Season Win Total: 10.5

The Steelers have never had a losing season under Mike Tomlin and there’s no reason to believe that streak will end in 2018. They were at the top of the division and conference all last season, posting their most wins under the 12th-year coach and reaching double figures in victories for the fourth season in a row and the eighth time overall. A big reason for the team’s success has been a dynamic offense led by Ben Roethlisberger.

With an abundance of playmakers and a legitimate line, the Steelers ranked third in the NFL in yards per game and eighth in scoring. The point totals were a little lower than most expected but the Steelers got better as the season progressed, scoring more than 30 points four times in their final seven regular season games and a season-best 42 in a playoff loss to Jacksonville. Antonio Brown, largely regarded as the best receiver in the NFL, led the league with 1,533 receiving yards on 101 catches, and he missed the final two games due to injury. Le’Veon Bell had nearly 1,300 yards rushing and scored nine touchdowns while amassing 1,946 scrimmage yards.

Martavis Bryant is no longer with the team, but the Steelers are looking for a better sophomore season from JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had 58 catches for 917 yards. Replacing Ryan Shazier is key to how the defense performs in 2018. Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt are explosive backers on the outside and Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt are formidable edge rushers. For now the Steelers are looking at veteran Jon Bostic to shore up the middle. The Steelers are solid throughout and they should hold off the field in the AFC North.

2018 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule

Week 1: Steelers at Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 2: Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sep. 16, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 3: Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, Sep. 24, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Week 4: Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Sep. 30, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Week 5: Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

Week 6: Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 9: Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 10: Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFLN)

Week 11: Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Week 12: Steelers at Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 25, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 13: Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 14: Steelers at Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 9, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Week 15: Steelers vs. New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 16: Steelers at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 23, 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 17: Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Pittsburgh Steelers History

It took nearly four decades for the Steelers franchise to become an overnight success. Born in 1933 as the Pirates, the team changed to its current nickname in 1940. In 35 seasons prior to the AFL-NFL merger, the Steelers made one playoff appearance. After three uneventful seasons under Bill Austin, the club hired Chuck Noll as its head coach in 1969, and he turned the franchise around. After winning just one game in his first season, Noll built through the draft adding players that would become part of the team’s dynasty in the 1970s.

From 1972 to 1979 the Steelers went 88-27-1, won seven division titles and four Super Bowls. Noll retired following the 1991 season turning the club over to Bill Cowher, who coached the club for 15 seasons. The Steelers set a club record for wins going 15-1 in 2004 however they lost to New England in the AFC Championship Game. The following season they would win their fifth Super Bowl title by knocking off Seattle.

Tomlin became just the third coach since 1969 when he took over in 2007. He led the Steelers to their record sixth Super Bowl win the following season and has never had a losing record in his tenure. The team returned to the Super Bowl for the final time in 2010 and they came within a victory of another trip following the 2016 season. Since first tasting playoff success in 1972, the Steelers have had just seven losing seasons and none since 2003.

Past Pittsburgh Steelers Seasons

201713-3Lost Divisional Round
201611-5Lost Conference Championship
201510-6Lost Divisional Round
201411-5Lost Wild Card Round
201112-4Lost Wild Card Round
201012-4Lost Super Bowl
200812-4Won Super Bowl
200710-6Lost Wild Card Round
200511-5Won Super Bowl
200415-1Lost Conference Championship
200210-5-1Lost Divisional Round
200113-3Lost Conference Championship
199711-5Lost Conference Championship
199610-6Lost Divisional Round
199511-5Lost Super Bowl
199412-4Lost Conference Championship
19939-7Lost Wild Card Round
199211-5Lost Divisional Round
19899-7Lost Divisional Round
19849-7Lost Conference Championship
198310-6Lost Divisional Round
19826-3Lost Wild Card Round
197912-4Won Super Bowl
197814-2Won Super Bowl
19779-5Lost Divisional Round
197610-4Lost Conference Championship
197512-2Won Super Bowl
197410-3-1Won Super Bowl
197310-4Lost Divisional Round
197211-3Lost Conference Championship