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🏈 Brooke Pryor of ESPN has the Pittsburgh Steelers starting the season 4-0. That’s her bold prediction for 2024. The Steelers start the season at Atlanta, at Denver, vs. Los Angeles Chargers and at Indianapolis.

🏈 Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report predicts that the Steelers will finish the season 10-7.

“With an established offensive coordinator in Arthur Smith, who helped Ryan Tannehill win 2019 Comeback Player of the Year, Wilson could have one of his best seasons since his 2021 Pro Bowl campaign with the Seattle Seahawks. Pittsburgh traded wideout Diontae Johnson to the Carolina Panthers, but George Pickens could have a breakout year. Meanwhile, rookie third-rounder Roman Wilson should have an opportunity to carve out a role as the No. 2 wide receiver,” Moton wrote.

“Besides that, Smith has a track record of operating a run-heavy offense, and Pittsburgh has a quality running back duo in Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren. The Steelers also selected offensive linemen Troy Fautanu and Zach Frazier with their first two picks in the 2024 draft, which suggests we could see a heavy dose of their ground attack. If star defensive playmakers T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Minkah Fitzpatrick avoid injuries, the Steelers may field their most balanced squad in years.”

🏈 Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara were at the Celtics-Cavs game in Boston on Wednesday night. The Celtics defeated the Cavs, 113-98, to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

🏈 James Harrison was featured in the Steelers’ schedule release video.

🏈 The Los Angeles Chargers social media team once again had the best schedule release video. George Pickens, Russell Wilson and Justin Fields were featured in it for the Steelers, as Pittsburgh hosts the Chargers in Week 3.

🏈 The Chicago Bears and Steelers are the only teams that don’t play any divisional games from Weeks 1-10. Six of their final eight games of the season are divisional matchups.

🏈 Pro Football Talk: Via Jessica Toonkel of the Wall Street Journal, Netflix will pay “about $75 million” for each of the two Christmas games to be televised in 2024 — Chiefs at Steelers and Ravens at Texans.

The NFL reportedly started the bidding at $50 million, with a belief that the final price could be up to $100 million per game. The final number, as it often does, splits the difference.

Jill Goldsmith of Deadline.com explains that Netflix V.P. Spencer Wang, without confirming the number, compared the expense to other projects.

“I would characterize each game as roughly the size of one of our medium-sized original films,” Wang said Wednesday.

🏈 The Steelers do not play a division opponent until a Nov. 17 home game against the reigning AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens. That is the latest they have faced a division opponent for the first time since the 1970 merger, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

🏈 Last time the Steelers were scheduled to open the season with back-to-back road games was 1999. They ended up having two in a row in 2001 because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And they haven’t finished with back-to-back home games since 2014. Those opponents? Kansas City and Cincinnati, according to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

🎥 Steelers president Art Rooney II sat down with Missi Matthews of Steelers.com to discuss the team’s 2024 schedule.

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