The Steelers have missed the NFL playoffs each of the last two season, but oddsmakers have faith that they will make a return to the postseason in 2020.
Pittsburgh is favored to make the playoffs this upcoming season at -180 (5/9).
With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returning from the elbow injury that sidelined him the majority of the 2019 campaign, there is reason for optimism that the team will be much improved from last season’s disappointment.
In addition to getting back their franchise quarterback, the Steelers further bolstered their offense through free agency with the signings of tight end Eric Ebron, fullback Derek Watt and guard Stefen Wisniewski. All three signings should help an anemic offense that was 29th in rushing and 31st in passing in 2019.
Pittsburgh will also return one of the league’s best defensive unit, led by outside linebacker T.J. Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers led the league with 54 sacks last year, and had the NFL’s third-best pass defense.
Just one other AFC North team is favored to make the playoff this upcoming season, the division champion Baltimore Ravens at -1000 (1/10). Already led by the reigning MVP in quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens made a big addition this off-season by acquiring defensive end Calais Campbell from the Jacksonville Jaguars
The odds for the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are not as promising, with both favored to miss the postseason at +125 (5/4) and +800 (8/1), respectively.