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Key Players Returning:

QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR/PR Antonio Brown, WR Eli Rogers, TE Jesse James, OC Maurkice Pouncey, OG David DeCastro, OG Ramon Foster, OT Marcus Gilbert, OT Alejandro Villanueva, DE Cameron Heyward, DE Stephon Tuitt, NT Javon Hargrave, LB Ben Dupree, LB James Harrison, LB Ryan Shazier, LB Vince Willliams, CB Artie Burns, CB Ross Cockrell, CB William Gay, FS Mike Mitchell, SS Sean Davis, KR Fitzgerald Toussaint, PK Chris Boswell, and PT Jordan Berry.

Key Players Departing:

WR Markus Wheaton (Bears), LB Lawrence Timmons (Dolphins), and LB Jarvis Jones (Cardinals).

Key Players Added:

None.

2017 Draft Picks:

Round 1: 
Pick 30 – LB T.J. Watt (Wisconsin)
Round 2:  Pick 30 – WR Juju Smith-Schuster (Southern California)
Round 3:  Pick 30 – CB Cameron Sutton (Tennessee)
Round 3:  Pick 41 – RB James Connor (Pittsburgh)
Round 4:  Pick 29 – QB Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee)
Round 5:  Pick 30 – DB Brian Allen (Utah)
Round 6:  Pick 30 – LS Colin Holba (Louisville)
Round 7:  Pick 30 – LB Kelon Adams (Western Michigan)

2016 Results:

W01  at Washington Redskins  W  38-16
W02  CINCINNATI BENGALS  W  24-16
W03  at Philadelphia Eagles  L  3-34
W04  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS  W  43-14
W05  NEW YORK JETS  W  31-13
W06  at Miami Dolphins  L  15-30
W07  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS  L  16-27
W09  at Baltimore Ravens   L  14-21
W10  DALLAS COWBOYS  L  30-35
W11  at Cleveland Browns  W  24-9
W12  at Indianapolis Colts  W  28-7
W13  NEW YORK GIANTS  W  24-14
W14  at Buffalo Bills  W  27-20
W15  at Cincinnati Bengals  W  24-20
W16  BALTIMORE RAVENS  W  31-27
W17  CLEVELAND BROWNS  W  27-24(OT)
WILD  MIAMI DOLPHINS  W  30-12
DIV  at Kansas City Chiefs  W  18-16
CONF  at New England Patriots  L  17-36

Team Info:

2016 Overall:  11-5 (AFC North Champions)

Home:  6-2
Away:  5-3
North:  5-1
AFC:  9-3
NFC:  2-2

Head Coach:  Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh:  109-62
Career:  117-68
Playoffs:  8-6

Returning Statistical Leaders:

Passing: 
Ben Roethlisberger (328-509, 3819 yards, 64.4%, 7.5 avg., 29 TD, 13 Int.)
Rushing: 
Le’Veon Bell (261 car., 1268 yards, 4.9 avg., 7 TD)
Receiving: 
Antonio Brown (106 rec., 1284 yards, 12.1 avg., 12 TD)
Yards After Catch: 
Le’Veon Bell (685)
TD’s Scored: 
Antonio Brown (12)
Sacks: 
James Harrison (5)
Tackles: 
Ryan Shazier (87)
Interceptions: 
Artie Burns/Ryan Shazier (3)
Pass Deflections: 
Ross Cockrell (14)
Tackles For Loss:
Ryan Shazier (9)
Forced Fumbles: 
Ryan Shazier (3)
Kick Returns: 
Fitzgerald Toussaint (13 ret., 278 yards, 21.4 avg., 0 TD)
Punt Returns: 
Antonio Brown (15 ret., 140 yards, 9.3 avg., 0 TD)
Kicking: 
Chris Boswell (21-25 fg/fga., 84%, 36-36 xp/xpa., 99 pts.)
Punting: 
Jordan Berry (68 punts, 3100 yards, 45.6 avg., 25 in20)

Projected Offensive Starters:

QB:  07  Ben Roethlisberger
RB:  26  Le’Veon Bell
FB:  45  Roosevelt Nix
WR:  84  Antonio Brown
WR:  17  Eli Rogers
TE:  81  Jesse James
LT:  78  Alejandro Villanueva
LG:  73  Ramon Foster
OC:  53  Maurkice Pouncey
RG:  66  David DeCastro
RT:  77  Marcus Gilbert
KR:  33  Fitzgerald Toussaint
PK:  09  Chris Boswell

Projected Defensive Starters:

DE:  97  Cameron Heyward
NT:  79  John Hargrave
DE:  91  Stephon Tuitt
LB:  48  Bud Dupree
LB:  50  Ryan Shazier
LB:  98  Vince Williams
LB:  92  James Harrison
CB:  25  Artie Burns
CB:  31  Ross Cockrell
FS:  23  Mike Mitchell
SS:  28  Sean Davis
PR:  84  Antonio Brown
PT:  04  Jordan Berry

2017 Schedule:

09/10 1:00pm 
at Cleveland Browns  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 64-34.  The Steelers are 17-3 since 2007, and their last series road loss (10-31) was in 2014.

09/17 1:00pm  MINNESOTA VIKINGS  |  Pittsburgh trails the series 7-8.  The Steelers lost (27-34) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series win (27-17) was in 2009.

09/24 1:00pm  at Chicago Bears |  Pittsburgh trails the series 6-7.  The Steelers lost (23-40) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series win (21-9) was in 2005.

10/01 1:00pm  at Baltimore Ravens  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 25-21.  The Steelers are 11-12 since 2007, and their last series road win (23-20) was in 2012.

10/08 1:00pm  JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS  |  Pittsburgh trails the series 11-12.  The Steelers won (17-9) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series loss (29-31) was in 2007.

10/15 4:25pm  at Kansas City Chiefs  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 22-11.  The Steelers are 6-2 since 2006, and their last series road loss (13-23) was in 2015.

10/22 1:00pm  CINCINNATI BENGALS  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 60-35.  The Steelers are 16-5 since 2007, and their last series home loss (10-16) was in 2015.

10/29 8:30pm  at Detroit Lions  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 12-2.  The Steelers won (37-27) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series loss (16-19) was in 1998.

11/12 1:00pm  at Indianapolis Colts  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 21-6.  The Steelers are 4-1 since 2008, and their last series loss road loss (7-26) was in 2005.

11/16 8:25pm  TENNESSEE TITANS  |  Pittsburgh leads the series 45-32.  The Steelers won (27-24) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their last series loss (9-16) was in 2013.

11/26 8:30pm  GREEN BAY PACKERS |  Pittsburgh leads the series 9-5.  The Steelers won (38-31) the last meeting between teams in 2013, and their last series home loss (12-20) was in 1970.

12/04 8:30pm  at Cincinnati Bengals  |  The Steelers last series road loss (10-20) was in 2013.

12/10 8:30pm  BALTIMORE RAVENS  |  The Steelers last series home loss (20-23) was in 2015.

12/17 4:25pm  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS  |  The series is tied 15-15.  The Steelers are 2-6 since 2007, and their last series win (25-17) was in 2011.

12/25 1:00pm  at Houston Texans   |  Pittsburgh leads the series 3-2.  The Steelers won (30-23) the last meeting between teams in 2014, and their only series road win (27-7) was in 2005.

12/31 1:00pm  CLEVELAND BROWNS  |  The Steelers last series home loss (13-33) was in 2003.

Team Grades:

Offense

Quarterbacks:  A
Running Backs:  B
Wide Receivers:  B
Offensive Line:  A

Defense

Defensive Line:  C
Linebackers:  C
Secondary:  C

Special Teams

Kick Returners:  B
Punt Returners:  B
Kickers:  B
Punters:  A

Prediction:

Home:  6-2
Away:  3-5
North:  4-2
AFC:  7-5
NFC:  2-2

Overall:  9-7 (2nd in AFC North)


Grades:  A = Excellent, B = Good, C = Average

UFA:  Unrestricted Free Agent

Series Histories:  Histories are from the inception of the first Super Bowl season through present day.

Meetings prior to 1966 are not included.  Playoff wins are included in the year the season took place.  For example, if a team won a wildcard game in January of 2016, the game will be listed under the 2015 season.


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