By S. Samek
ESPN has the Pittsburgh Steelers predicted at a 12-4 record for this season.
They have them beating everyone, except Detroit, Baltimore Cincinnati and Kansas City. Yet they have been picked to beat New England and Green Bay.
I disagree with this record.
I can’t see them losing to both Detroit and Kansas City. Detroit is projected to win eight games. They may have Matthew Stafford, but is he enough to beat Ben Roethlisberger head to head. I don’t think so.
Kansas has a 10-win projection. This one could be a close game, but I see Pittsburgh winning it. Even on the road Pittsburgh can win. They did it last year in the playoffs and can do it in a less pressure filled game during the regular season.
I wouldn’t pick Pittsburgh over New England. The Patriots almost always have their number n matter where they play.
Green Bay is another team that won’t die with ease. I could see them coming into Pittsburgh and beating us like they did in the super bowl. Don’t circle it as an automatic loss, but don’t be surprised if it happens.
Splitting with Baltimore and Cincinnati are common occurrences. I think both would be very likely to happen.
Note the picks were related to quarterback over and under in a tier average. Big Ben had one of the best marks behind only Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in this stat. Yet, both of these teams are predicted as wins for Pittsburgh. Makes no sense to me.
Quarterback play alone isn’t always the key to victory. So, this is mostly just a for fun pick. I do agree with the 12-4 mark maybe even 13-3, or 11-5, but no worse than that. I just don’t think it will be in the manor picked in the article.