Will The Steelers Have A Winning Record in 2022?

February 26, 2022
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have never had a losing season since 2003. That 18-season streak may be in danger as the Steelers approach the 2022 season. The main factors that have led the Pittsburgh’s success were good coaching, good players, and good management. But one of those other factors was having the great Ben Roethlisberger as their quarterback during the entirety of the streak.

Dealing with Big Ben’s Departure

The Steelers are looking for a replacement to Big Ben and it may seem like a 7-10 or 8-9 finish could turn out to be a real possibility. Other than Big Ben’s departure and Joe Haden being a free agent, the Steelers don’t look to have many key moves that will drastically change their offseason. Pittsburgh will have a similar 2022 roster that will surround the new quarterback.

Another possibility is that Mason Rudolph could still have a chance at the starting position, with or without a 1st round quarterback being drafted. The Steelers may want to ease the new rookie into the quarterback position and give Rudolph the starting job in 2022. Pittsburgh has already seen a satisfactory season by Mason Rudolph when he nearly led the Steelers to the playoffs with an 8-8 finish in 2019. After two seasons serving as an understudy to Roethlisberger, it makes sense that Rudolph would be greatly improved. There are also offensive additions of Najee Harris and Chase Claypool that weren’t on the Steelers in 2019.

Steelers Roster Decisions

The Steeler’s decision on who the starting quarterback will be is based on what kind of season they expect. The Steelers have generational talent on the defense with T.J. Watt winning the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year award and having a record-tying 21.5 sacks. Pittsburgh fans don’t want to see Watt’s talent go to waste during years when the Steelers are still trying to figure out their quarterback situation. The Steelers are in the reloading mode where they don’t want to waste their current talent, but also don’t want to ruin their future with a “win now” mentality.

Pittsburgh has an easier schedule than in 2021, but still have some new challenges entering 2022. Might as well not even try to predict how the AFC North will end up. No one at the beginning of 2021 would’ve predicted the Steelers to go 2-0 against the Ravens and Browns. At the same time, no one would’ve predicted the Steelers to go 0-2 against the Bengals. Pittsburgh faces all teams from the AFC East and NFC South. They will play the Bills for the third-straight time in Buffalo and will host the Patriots for the fourth time in seven years. The Steeler’s two other AFC games will be hosting the Chargers and going on the road to visit the Colts. Pennsylvania NFL fans will be very excited for a game between the Steelers and Eagles in Philly for the “17th game.”

Pittsburgh’s 2022 Opponents

Aside from hosting the poverty Jets, Pittsburgh doesn’t have any sure wins. They will have to go on the road against weaker opponents like the Dolphins, Panthers, and Falcons, which may otherwise be sure wins if they were played at Heinz Field. Realistically, Pittsburgh has goals for going 10-7 or 11-6 and being in contention for the AFC North. They don’t have much wiggle room to have a season collapse as they did in 2018 when they squandered a 7-2-1 start to missing the playoffs. If Pittsburgh wants to have another winning season, they need to start strong, stay strong, and finish strong.

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