2010 NFL Predictions: Pittsburgh Steelers

August 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Despite getting out the gate quickly at 6-2, the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to reach the playoffs, just one season removed from winning a record sixth Super Bowl title. While the injury bug certainly played a role in the Steelers' second half collapse, it was the third straight time they have missed the playoffs following a Super Bowl victory.
A healthy Troy Polamalu will go a long way toward restoring the defense to its 2008 form when it led the league, but the offense could struggle early. Without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for up to six games, as he serves a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, the offense may be forced to take a more conservative approach.
With Big Ben slinging the pigskin, the Steelers averaged 23.0 points per game in 2009 (No. 12 in the NFL). Roethlisberger was sensational, throwing for 4,328 yards and 26 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, despite mediocre protection.
While Roethlisberger serves hi...

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