The Pittsburgh Steelers quest to break their two year drought of not qualifying for the playoffs begins tonight as they open their 2020 season against the NY Giants on Monday Night Football.
Mike Tomlin’s team have finished the last two seasons with records of 8-8 and 9-6-1. The Steelers last playoff appearance was in 2017 after winning the AFC North with a record of 13-3.
With the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and one of the top defenses in the NFL, optimism is very high that Mike Tomlin’s team can challenge the Baltimore Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North.
Everyone loves predictions, so we surveyed a number of local and national media members to find out how they believe the 2020 Steelers will finish.
Chris Mack / 93.7 “The Fan”: 11-5
Paul Zeise / Pittsbugh Post-Gazette / 93.7 “The Fan”: 8-8
Brian Batko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 9-7
Mark Kaboly / “The Athletic”: 11-5
Jeff Hathhorn / 93.7 “The Fan”: 11-5
Tim Benz / Tribune Review: 10-6
Jerry DiPaola / Tribune Review: 11-5
Chris Trapasso / CBSSports.com: 10-6
Pete Prisco / CBSSports.com: 11-5
“Steelers will win the division with an 11-5 record. They will do so behind a dominant defense and the return of Ben Roethlisberger. They almost made the playoffs with Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges a year ago. This time, they will make it back and possibly push for a lot more.”
Bob Pompeani / KDKA-TV: 12-4
Rich Walsh / KDKA-TV: 10-6
Josh Taylor / KDKA-TV: 11-5
Andrew Stockey / WTAE-TV: 10-6
Joe Marino / The NFL Draft Network: 11-5
Brian Baldinger / NFL Network: 10-6
Guy Junker / WTAE-TV: 10-6
Ryan Recker / WTAE-TV: 10-6
Will Graves / Associated Press: 9-7
Mike DeCourcy / The Sporting News: 11-5
Steelers, Pitt Start 3-0 for First Time Since 1982
PITTSBURGH — This year has been a trying year for many around the world and the region, but so far, 2020 has been pretty good to Pittsburgh’s football teams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 3-0 on the season on Sunday with a 28-21 victory over the Houston Texans at Heinz Field.
One day earlier on the same playing surface, the Pitt Panthers had earned their third straight win to start the season with a 23-20 win over the Louisville Cardinals.
It’s been a long time since Pittsburgh’s football fans had such a successful start to the season. The last time both Pitt and the Steelers won each of their first three games was all the way back in 1982.
Pitt’s squad, led by quarterback Dan Marino, ended up winning seven in a row that year before losing to Notre Dame and Penn State in November and SMU in the Cotton Bowl, finishing 9- and ranked No. 10 in the country.
The Steelers’ 3-0 start that season was a strange one, as the beat the Dallas Cowboys to open to the season and prevailed over the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime before the NFL players went on strike, stopping the season until late November. When play resumed, the Steelers defeated the Houston Oilers to improve to 3-0.
But Terry Bradshaw’s injured elbow limited him throughout the season and the Steelers dropped three of their next four, finishing 6-3 and with a first-round playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Both teams will put their unbeaten records on the line next weekend, with No. 24 Pitt hosting NC State at Heinz Field and the Steelers visiting the equally undefeated Tennessee Titans. If they can keep their hot starts going, they’ll be equalling the 1979 season, when both teams started 4-0.
Steelers Postgame Show: Steelers Comeback, Run Over Texans
Despite trailing early, the Steelers were able to comeback and move to 3-0 on the season with a win over the Houston Texans.
Host Mike Asti held a postgame show chat session with fans to cover a variety of topics: the win, a rockier day for Ben Roethlisberger at times, the emergence of Eric Ebron, Anthony McFarland and more Steelers weapons, Mike Tomlin now incorporating a running back by committee situation and even the struggles of the defense, especially the secondary.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/25/20
It was all about wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s return and the Watt brothers at the final practice before the Steelers week 3 game against Houston.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers