The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to make the NFL Playoffs last year and now they begin the 2010 NFL season with their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on suspension. A surprise for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL campaign was their defense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense was down last year but there were games when they recaptured their previous glory. The loss of Troy Polamalu in the middle of the field was devastating and although many did not notice the drop in Steeler defense it was noticeable when watching game film of the entire season.
Ben Roethlisberger Will Be Main Reason Pittsburgh Steelers Don’t Get Back to NFL Playoffs
Ben Roethlisberger’s off season problems have cost the Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North titles before. When Roethlisberger was seriously injured on the motorcycle several years ago he set his team back. Now this year with two incidents in the spotlight heading into the 2010 NFL season, it appears Big Ben will cost Pittsburgh again this season.
Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Byron Leftwich was available and he will fill in for Roethlisberger during his suspension. Leftwich has filled in admirably for Roethlisberger before and did an admirable job. The Leftwich pickup was a huge off season acquisition for Pittsburgh and Leftwich could be the quarterback that saved Pittsburgh.
Can Rashard Mendehall’s the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Star Back Play all 16 Games
Rashard Mendenhall was a nice surprise for Pittsburgh after his rookie season debacle in 2008. Mendenhall’s rookie season he couldn’t hold onto the ball and then was limited to four games after being crushed by Ray Lewis, breaking his shoulder blade.
Mendenhall bounced back for Pittsburgh in 2009, rushing for 1108 yards and 246 yards receiving. Mendenhall will be rushing behind a Pittsburgh offensive line that has not been known for making holes for their backs. Mendenhall will take some heavy punishment in the 2010 NFL season and if he survives he will be a top ten back. If he doesn’t, Pittsburgh is stuck with Mewelde Moore.
Proven Receivers Few & Far Between for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 NFL season
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded away their Super Bowl hero, Santonio Holmes after he received a suspension for marijuana use and now Pittsburgh is stuck with Hines Ward as their number one target. Ward is only 34 years old but he has taken enough punishment for 20 seasons. Ward is durable though and he can handle it, he has only missed six games in his entire career and none the last two years.
Antwaan Randle El comes over from the Washington Redskins and will be fighting for a spot as a slot receiver with Arnaz Battle. MIke Wallace earned the outside spot across from Ward last season, allowing Pittsburgh to dump Holmes after his indescretion.
Pittsburgh Steeler’s Defense Will Improve After Falling Back in 2010 NFL Season
Troy Polamalu will be back in the Pittsburgh Steelers fold for the 2010 NFL season. Teams that had their way across the deep middle against Pittsburgh will be changing their receivers routes in the 2010 NFL season. Polamalu needs to stay healthy for Pittsburgh to handle their AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens.
The best linebacking duo in the NFL is James Harrison and LaMaar Woodley. It was never known how they play off of Polamalu until he was out of the lineup. Woodley still had five games in which he had two sacks in a down year for the Pittsburgh defense. Harrison had a four game stretch in which he had seven sacks but went the last six games without a sack. Harrison was still a force across the middle.
Las Vegas Over/Under WIn Total on Pittsburgh Steelers is 9 Games
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 15-1 shot to win the Super Bowl and a second favorite to win the AFC North at 9-4. Pittsburgh’s over/under win total is set at 9 games by the Las Vegas Hilton also.
The Pittsburgh Steelers look to be heading to an average season they should end up with an 8-8 record for the 2010 NFL season. If Byron Leftwich comes in and wins 75% of his games all bets are off and it is conceivable that Leftwich can do just that. Pittsburgh will be an interesting team to watch in 2010, no doubt about it.
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