NFL Predictions 2016: Pittsburgh Steelers Season Preview & Outlook

The Pittsburgh Steelers have turned into one of the biggest passing teams in the whole NFL over the past few years with Ben Roethlisberger looking for Antonio Brown all the time. After a 10-6 season in 2015, Pittsburgh will be looking to capture the AFC North and trying to get back to the Super Bowl to give Big Ben another chance for a ring. Here are the three biggest questions surrounding the Steelers going into the 2016 season.

How will LeVeon Bell’s suspension affect the team?

Bell is gone for the first three games and while things worked out with DeAngelo Williams last season, Bell has proved that he is one of the best running backs in the whole NFL. There could be even more passing coming from the offense until Week 4 arrives.

How many catches for Antonio Brown?

It is clear that Brown could break the NFL record for most catches in a season this year. The offense is centered around the Roethlisberger to Brown connection. Could he end up with 150 catches? This is very possible, especially with the way the Steelers offense has been operating in recent years.

Can the defense improve any?

Last season, Pittsburgh gave up around 20 points a game. The offense ripping it up helps offset the defense giving up points. If the defense can shut it down even more this season, the offense won’t need more points and a 12-win season could be in the cards for a team playing on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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