Will Steelers Make the Playoffs for Third Consecutive Year?

Will Steelers Make the Playoffs for Third Consecutive Year?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of, if not the greatest NFL franchise. But, for some reason, the Steelers have been unable to make the playoffs in three consecutive seasons since 1997. Since that time, the franchise has won two Super Bowls, but just can’t make the playoffs three straight years. This year, the Steelers will once again be one of the most talented teams in the league, and have favorable NFL odds of making the playoffs. But the question on every Steelers fans mind is will they be able to end the streak this year?

Last season, the Steelers made it to the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the fifth time in 15 years. Despite the injuries they suffered at the end of the season and in the playoffs, the Steelers came close to defeating the Denver Broncos, who eventually won the Super Bowl, in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.

This season, the Steelers are expected to have one of the best passing offenses in the league, thanks to Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, which is one of the reasons the fans feel they can win the Super Bowl. However, they have to find a way to end their drought of not making the playoffs in three consecutive seasons.

For those Steelers fans worried about the team making the playoffs three consecutive years, here are three reasons why they will.

Veteran Running Backs

The Steelers are one of the fortunate teams in the NFL because they have two veteran running backs that can carry the load if the other gets injured. When healthy, LeVeon Bell has shown that he is one of the best running backs in the NFL. Unfortunately, Bell has been plagued with injury problems for the past couple of seasons.

Due to Bell’s injuries, the team brought in DeAngelo Williams, who showed last season that he still has a lot left in the tank. The Steelers finished 16th in total rushing yards last season, but a big reason for that is the team’s passing game. This year, expect the running game to be more of a factor if Bell can stay healthy.

Better Protection

Ben Roethlisberger was hit quite a few times last season, forcing him to miss a couple of regular season games, and briefly knocking him out of the playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals last year. The Steelers resigned their best offensive linemen and signed Ryan Harris away from Denver, giving them one of the most experienced offensive lines as well as one of the best offensive lines in the league.

Even with the injuries he dealt with last year, Roethlisberger was sacked only 20 times, which was a career low.

Signing Ladarius Green

After last season, veteran tight end Heath Miller decided to retire, leaving the Steelers with a big hole to fill. Fortunately, they were able to sign former San Diego Charger Ladarius Green as their new starting tight end. 

While Green’s numbers don’t look particularly impressive, you have to remember that he was the backup to Antonio Gates in San Diego, so his touches were limited. When he filled in for an injured Gates, Green showed that he can be a very dangerous receiving threat, and now that he will be the starter in Pittsburgh, the rest of the league will be surprised at just how good he is.



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