Why the Steelers will win the AFC North next season

Why the Steelers will win the AFC North next season

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of American football’s most successful franchises and Mike Tomlin’s men will believe they can go all the way once again next season. Last year, the Steelers fell short in the playoffs but their shortcomings were largely down to injury issues. In fact, if Antonio Brown and ‘Big’ Ben Roethlisberger were at their very best, Pittsburgh would have beaten the Denver Broncos in the postseason. And as history shows, the Von Miller-inspired Broncos went on to win the Super Bowl.

On their day, Pittsburgh are as good as anybody and it would take a brave man to back against the six-time Super Bowl champions. At the time of writing, the Steelers are priced at 23/20 to win their division and punters can bet via PayPal at Betway on this. If truth be told, that should be their primary aim this season. Winning the divisional crown guarantees at least one home game in the playoffs and we all know how important Heinz Field is to Pittsburgh’s success – both past and present.

But it won’t be easy. While the Cleveland Browns still have a plethora of issues, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens will both be there or thereabouts this year. The Bengals performed admirably last season but fell short at the vital moment whilst Baltimore struggled to cope with injuries to key men. After all, the Ravens don’t quite have the same levels of depth as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati do. And if we had to call it, we’d probably say the Bengals are our main rivals again next season.

Pittsburgh’s offensive power should be enough to see the Steelers finish at the top of the division and they have the perfect coach for such an attack-minded side. Mike Tomlin is an aggressive head coach and he loves to try and outwit his opposing number. If the Steelers head coach gets it right, they could be on for a 12-4 season, especially with their potentially favourable schedule. There are a few tricky contests along the way but Pittsburgh are about to mature into a real contender for the title.

With over two months until the new season, plenty can – and probably will – change but the Steelers will remain a potent threat in the AFC. The North isn’t a guaranteed triumph but Pittsburgh have the ability to breeze past their divisional rivals in 2016. Who knows, they might even go all the way to the NFL’s showpiece event at the end of the campaign in what may just be one of Roethlisberger’s final appearances.

 

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