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NFL Betting Totals Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jul/04/2020

In a season that was largely spent without QB Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record. However, they remained competitive to the very end thanks to a strong defense that returns most of its group this season. Now with Roethlisberger seemingly healthy, the Steelers aim to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
 
According to Vegas odds-makers, Pittsburgh’s over/under win total is set at 9. Before giving our pick, let’s take a closer look into how this offseason has gone for the Steelers, as well as who is matched up against them in the fall.

Offseason Summary

The Steelers have never been one for spending big money in free agency, and that remained true at the beginning of the offseason. Pittsburgh made a few moves, their biggest signing being Colts TE Eric Ebron on a two-year deal. They signed a couple more offensive players as well in Chiefs OG Stefen Wisniewski and Chargers FB Derek Watt, who will re-unite with his brother T.J. They also swung a deal with the division-rival Ravens, acquiring DE Chris Wormley for a fifth round pick next year.
 
Pittsburgh’s biggest losses came in the form of free agency and retirement. The latter of which was OG Ramon Foster, who announced his retirement after 11 seasons with the organization. DT Javon Hargrave was the other big loss, as the big man signed a three-year deal with the cross-state Eagles. Additionally, the Steelers also said goodbye to C B.J. Finney, LB Tyler Matakevich, CB Artie Burns, and TE Nick Vannett, all of whom left in free agency. Furthermore, they cut LBs Mark Barron and Anthony Chickillo just before free agency began.
 
After acquiring DB Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins last year, the Steelers relinquished their first round pick in the draft. Their first selection came in the second round, drafting Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool to be a big target for Roethlisberger right away. They added a linebacker in the form of Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith, and drafted an intriguing prospect in Maryland RB Anthony McFarland Jr. Louisiana OG Kevin Dotson, Maryland S Antoine Brooks, and Nebraska DT Carlos Davis make up the rest of Pittsburgh’s six-player draft class.

2020 Schedule

The Steelers and the rest of the AFC North got a nice draw in the schedule this season, with matchups against the AFC South and NFC East. That means matchups against the Giants, Redskins, and Jaguars, as well as the two games against the division-foe Bengals. With that in mind, it makes sense why Pittsburgh has the second-easiest strength of schedule in football, with opponents combining for a .457 winning percentage in 2019. However, the only team with an easier schedule is Baltimore at .438.
 
Pittsburgh’s season begins on the road against the Giants in the season’s first Monday Night Football matchup. They then face the Broncos at home, one of their at-large opponents, followed by the Texans. The Houston game begins a stretch of four 2019 playoffs teams in five weeks, ending with a road game at Baltimore before the bye. In the final four weeks of the season, they play three road games, beginning with the other at-large matchup at Buffalo against the Bills and ending in Cleveland against the Browns.

Verdict

It’s safe to say that getting Roethlisberger back will help the Steelers this upcoming season. In addition, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB James Conner are also aiming to bounce back after an uneven 2019 for both. Pittsburgh is hoping that their stars staying on the field and having the second-easiest schedule in football help them reach double-digit wins and return to the playoffs.
 
However, there is a chance that Big Ben isn’t the star he once was, especially with so many young QBs taking over the league. The defense should still be good, but can it repeat its dominance from last season? And although the schedule bodes well, many of their opponents, especially in their own division, have improved significantly. Based on all of this, I’m leaning toward taking the UNDER 9 wins for the Steelers in 2020.
 
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