Based on 2020 records, the Pittsburgh Steelers head into 2021 with the NFL’s most difficult schedule. Last season, Pittsburgh averaged enough points to win the AFC North. Because of their schedule, though, the Steelers must pick it up this season. If they don’t, they could end up staying at home during the playoffs. Check out an in-depth look at Pittsburgh’s offense this season as well as how their offense may affect NFL betting lines.
Pittsburgh Steelers Offense Expert Analysis For the 2021-22 NFL Season
2021 NFL Season
- When: Sep. 9, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Pittsburgh’s Offense – An In-Depth Look
Ben Roethlisberger had a very good 2020 season. Big Ben threw for over 3,800 yards and 33 touchdowns. He tossed just 10 interceptions.
But Big Ben turned 40 on March 2, which means his skills could diminish in 2021. If that happens, the Steelers have only a small chance of averaging 26 points per like they did this past season.
Pittsburgh averaged 334.6 passing yards each game in 2020, which ranked twenty-fourth. But the Steelers ranked thirty-second in rushing yards per. Knowing they must be better this season on the ground, Pittsburgh spent their first round pick on running back Najee Harris.
The Alabama product should absolutely help Pittsburgh’s rushing attack. Harris is 6’ 2” and 230 lbs. He’s almost as big as Titans’ running back Derrick Henry, another former Bama player. Harris has more slashing ability than Henry, though.
If Harris produces, and Roethlisberger’s skills don’t diminish, the Steelers could field an exciting offense. Will it be exciting enough?
How Will the Steelers’ Offense Affect Betting Lines?
Like we mentioned in the introduction, the Pittsburgh Steelers play this season’s most difficult National Football League schedule. The Steelers bye is in Week 7. Check out the first 6 weeks.
- Week 1 at Buffalo
- Week 2 vs. Las Vegas
- Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
- Week 4 at Green Bay
- Week 5 vs. Denver
- Week 6 vs. Seattle
After their bye, the Steelers must play top rivals the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens twice. Both the Browns and Ravens made the playoffs last season. Pittsburgh must also travel to the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers.
A home game versus the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 19 won’t be easy. But although the Steelers have a tough schedule, that doesn’t mean they won’t offer value.
In fact, pro football oddsmakers could discount Pittsburgh’s chances of keeping games close. In Week 1, the Steelers are +6 ½ against the spread versus the Buffalo Bills.
There’s a chance Pittsburgh offers overlay odds in more than one of their games this season. When it comes to the total, the Steelers went 4-12 over/under last season. A similar over/under record could happen in 2021 because Pittsburgh plays so many offensive-minded teams.
Use the Steelers’ difficult schedule to your advantage. Unless Big Ben’s skills have seriously diminished, Pittsburgh should keep games much closer than the spreads are likely to indicate.
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