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|Colours:||Black & gold|
|Hall of Famers:||Jerome Bettis, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Bill Dudley, Joe Greene, Kevin Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, John Henry Johnson, Walt Kiesling, Jack Lambert, Bobby Layne,John McNally, John Stallworth, Ernie Stautner, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster & Rod Woodson|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Chuck Noll|
|Rivals:||Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans & Dallas Cowboys|
|Legends:||Joe Greene, Ernie Stautner, L.C. Greenwood, Greg Lloyd & Hines Ward|
|Retired Numbers:||70 & 75|
|Conference:||American Football Conference|
|Super Bowl Championships:||6: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 & 2008|
|Conference Championships:||8: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008 & 2010|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#24 – Najee Harris|
|2021 Power Ranking:||9|
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The Steelers provided one of the longest waits before their fans and the franchise saw them lift a championship of any sort. That wait lasted 40 years, for the oldest franchise in the AFC and the seventh oldest in the NFL as before that they couldn’t capitalize early on with their star powers, but their fortunes started to change in the late 60s.
The Steelers were on the verge of something in the late 60s and early 70s but in 1969 really set the foundation for the Steelers for future success for the franchise that was established in 1933.
Although the Steelers finished last in the 1969 season in the Century Division winning one game, the team was stacked with talent featuring Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount and Franco Harris, they were coached by Chuck Noll.
By the turn of the decade the Steelers became one of the most formidable franchises in the NFL as they finally saw brighter days in the 70s. The Steelers were always moving up the table from 1969 to 1971 and by 1972 after almost half a century of waiting, the Steelers finished on top of the AFC Central to claim their first trophy of any sort in 40 years.
Although they lost the 1972 AFC Championship game to the Miami Dolphins by four points, this was just the beginning of the Steelers golden generation. Two years later, it seemed the Steelers learned from their AFC Championship defeat. The Steelers began their 1974 campaign by being the only team in NFL history to draft four future Hall of Famers in the one draft.
Pittsburgh played with a hard nosed defense with Jack Lambert winning Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1974 and Defensive Player of the Year in 1976, Joe Greene winning Defensive Player of the Year in 1974 and Mel Blount winning Defensive Player of the Year in 1975.
The Steelers dominated this time, winning their first AFC Championship in 1974 before going on to win their first Super Bowl in that same year allowing a maximum of 14 points across all three playoff games. They went back-to-back in 1975 with Lynn Swann winning Finals MVP and 17 points being the most they allowed during the playoffs.
Two ‘down’ years in 1976 and 1977 saw them still win their division but unable to make the Super Bowl before Terry Bradshaw led the team back to ultimate glory. Bradshaw won NFL and Super Bowl MVP in 1978 leading the Steelers to their third Super Bowl victory before leading them back in 1979. Pittsburgh would win back-to-back Super Bowls for the second time in six years, with Bradshaw winning his second straight Super Bowl MVP.
The year of 1980 saw the Steelers plagued with injuries and marked the end of their golden era with key players retiring. Pittsburgh would only make the playoffs five times in the next 12 seasons before a change of coach to Bill Cowher in 1992 brought six straight playoff appearances, including a lost Super Bowl to the Dallas Cowboys in 1995.
The year of 2004 saw the Pittsburgh Steelers draft Ben Roethlisberger who would go on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and then lead the team to their fifth Super Bowl in 2005, with wide receiver Hines Ward winning Super Bowl MVP.
The year of 2007 saw a coaching change to Mike Tomlin and in just his second year, Tomlin won Coach of the Year and led the Steelers to another Super Bowl, their sixth and most recent. James Harrison won Defensive Player of the Year and wide receiver Santonio Holmes won Super Bowl MVP for his 131 yard, 1 touchdown performance.
Two years later, Pittsburgh was back in the Super Bowl and despite having Troy Polamalu win Defensive Player of the Year, they were overpowered by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Pittsburgh has been a steady and consistent team over the last nine years since that Super Bowl loss. Five playoff appearances, with one Conference Championship game and never having a season below .500, but with reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, leading divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens, Big Ben and the Steelers have a tough road back to the Super Bowl.
The Steelers kicked off 2020 with an 11-0 run, their best start to a season in franchise history. However even with 11 consecutive wins behind them, Pittsburgh did not have many (if any) victories against top tier teams and although they had a formidable defense, the Steelers inability to run the ball (last in the league – 84.4 yards per game) made it tough to see them as contenders.
Pittsburgh lost four of their final five games of the regular season, securing a playoff berth after the Miami Dolphins lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14 and clinching their first AFC North title since 2017 with a Week 16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
In terms of 12-4 seasons in the history of the NFL, the 2020 Steelers were far from one of the best, having hardly been recognised as the best team in their conference let alone the NFL during the 2020 season.
The Steelers faced their division rivals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, hosting the Browns in Pittsburgh. Cleveland piled on 28 first quarter points to zero, leaving Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense too much to do in the final three quarters. Roethlisberger finished the game with 501 yards and 4 touchdowns, however the Steelers QB also turned the ball over on five occassion (four interceptions and lost a fumble), as Cleveland defeated Pittsburgh at Heinz Field for the first time since 2003.
The Steelers have time and time again played tremendously in the regular season and faltered in the postseason. Will this season, which tracks to be one of Big Ben’s last seasons, be the turning point for a team that has consistently under performed?
The Steelers have been a model franchise and have a model front office. They have continually retooled and drafted tremendous talent to keep the Steelers in the playoffs. However, the clock is ticking for this unit which relies heavily on the aging Ben Roethlisberger on offense.
The Steelers will be led by Mike Tomlin, who has been the Steelers’ head coach since 2007 and is the youngest head coach ever to win a Super Bowl. However, since leading the Steelers to the Super Bowl with Big Ben in 2009, they have yet to win another one in the last 12 years.
Mike Tomlin has really had to work for his career with a long stint coaching in college before finally getting a coaching opportunity in the NFL in 2001 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tomlin has been a defensive centric coach who has worked on defense for essentially his entire career.
Tomlin has adopted a 3-4 scheme on his defense which routinely is one of the top units in the league. In fact, last year the Steelers had the third best scoring defense in the league. Tomlin has a great 145-78-1 record in the regular season but has not been as good in the playoffs where he has a 50% win rate with an 8-8 record.
This offseason has not been that rewarding for the Steelers. Although they drafted pieces to help Roethlisberger on offense, they lost Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson. The Steelers seem to have a rebuild looming in the near future, but have enough weapons to make a run for the playoffs.
With a good young receiving core, ferocious defensive line, and solid offense, they should be in the top half of the league with Roethlisberger at the helm. The Steelers should have what it takes to make the playoffs, but it is unlikely they win the division with the rest of the AFC North improving significantly.
Offensively the Steelers started off great, winning their first 11 games but fell apart offensively due to Big Ben. Big Ben’s poor play likely stems from an injury in the 2019 season which led to a drop in his arm strength, something Roethlisberger has relied on heavily throughout his career.
Outside of the questions about whether or not Big Ben will return to his former self or not, the Steelers’ offense is quite good. They have a deep young receiving group which features JuJu Smith Schuster, Diontae Johnson and athletic Chase Claypool. Big Ben also has receiving threat Eric Ebron at tight end as a safety valve.
The Steeelers had the worst running game in the league last season and attempted to fix this by drafting running back Najee Harris in the first round. This running back group still looks to be a bottom 10 unit in the league with an unproven Harris and poor depth beyond Harris.
Things look even worse with an offensive line that has 3 new starters who aren’t really that good and looks to be one of the worst if not the worst unit this year. This will be bad for an aging Big Ben who already has had injury issues.
The Steelers’ offense beyond the receiving group is honestly worrying, although Big Ben will play high level football like he usually does early in the season, bad run game and offensive line are bad signs for a Steelers team that crumbled down the stretch last season.
Defensively the Steelers are one of the best units in the league. Losing Bud Dupree is a big loss but the Steelers still have plenty of talent particularly in the front 7. The Steelers are returning 8 starters from a unit that was top 3 in the league last year in scoring defense and 2nd in total turnovers generated.
The Steelers defensive line is without a doubt the best in the league with DPOY candidate TJ Watt, Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu manning the line. This unit generated a league leading 45.15 pressure rate often without blitzing.
To back this defensive line the Steelers also have Pro Bowl Linebacker Joe Schobert, Devin Bush and Melvin Ingram. On top of that they have 2nd year linebacker Alex Highsmith to replace Bud Dupree, with Highsmith being statistically better than Dupree last year.
Although there are questions in the Steelers secondary, they have a strong unit at safety with Minkah Fitzpartick and Terrel Edmunds. Cornerback is the biggest question mark and they were often burnt last year, but the Steelers tremendous front 7 and safeties should hide the ineffectiveness of the corners.
The Steelers’ defense will do their part and likely be a top 5 unit once again. The Steelers’ defense is championship calibre but they are not enough to make up for an anemic offense, look for the Steelers to be fighting for a playoff spot this season.
After starting the year on a franchise best 11-0 run, the Pittsburgh Steelers finished the 2020 season with the equal third best overall record in the league, 12-4, and the equal second best record against the spread, 10-6.
Although Pittsburgh had the second easiest schedule during the 2020 NFL season, their inability to run the football (last in the league) as well as the strength of their defense (third fewest points allowed) resulted in the Steelers having a 7-7-2 over-under-tie record when looking at total points.
Despite speculation surrounding the future of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh has opened with odds of +2500 to win Super Bowl LVI.
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Where do the Pittsburgh Steelers play?
The Pittsburgh Steelers play their home games at Heinz Field.
Who owns the Pittsburgh Steelers?
The Rooney family owns the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Has the Pittsburgh Steelers won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls.
Who is the Pittsburgh Steelers coach?
Mike Tomlin is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Do the Pittsburgh Steelers play tonight?
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What is the Pittsburgh Steelers record?
The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the 2020 season with a 12-4 record.
Did the Pittsburgh Steelers win last night?
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How much is the Pittsburgh Steelers worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Pittsburgh Steelers are worth $3 billion.
Who do the Pittsburgh Steelers play tonight?
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How to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers?
You can watch the Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket & on Steelers.com. You can also stream Steelers games on the Steelers app, Yahoo sports app, CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass & NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on Steelers Nation Radio (SNR) and NFL Game Pass app.
Will the Pittsburgh Steelers make the playoffs this year?
The Pittsburgh Steelers did make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 12-4 record, first in the AFC North and third in the AFC.
When do the Pittsburgh Steelers play?
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Where did the Pittsburgh Steelers finish the season?
The Pittsburgh Steelers finished first in the AFC North and third in the AFC.
How many games did the Pittsburgh Steelers win?
The Pittsburgh Steelers won 12 games in the 2020 NFL season.
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