3 reasons why the Steelers will win the Super Bowl
With the conclusion of Week 8, the slate of games offered little information about the clarity of the league’s power structure. However, one piece of information was as clear as day. With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 28-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, the franchise are legit Super Bowl contenders.
The Steelers remain as the lone undefeated team in the league at 7-0. The leaders of the AFC North, and conference altogether, outfought the Ravens and the former MVP in quarterback Lamar Jackson. At the halfway point, the Steelers have a lot of work left to do, but for these three reasons, we can make a bet that Steel Curtain is going to be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February.
Mike Tomlin is a great coach
If there was any coach that you would want to guide your team through the NFL Playoff Bracket 2020 – it would be Mike Tomlin. The longtime Steelers head coach is the clear front runner for Coach of the Year. Having Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback is great, but it’s not the 38-year old leading this team to success. No, Tomlin found a way to get Big Ben to become a game manager and has this defense playing like a monster.
With the win on Sunday, Tomlin surpassed Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy with his 140th regular season win, which is the most ever for a black coach. Tomlin has the Steelers team in Super Bowl contention just two years after dealing with Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell controversies. It’s time to start believing in Pittsburgh again and it has to do with Tomlin’s ability to lead a team.
The defense is scary
The Steel Curtain is back and there is not a whole lot other teams can do about it. Lamar Jackson was sacked four times to give the team a league-leading 30 sacks this season. To go along with that, Jackson threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles, The Steelers scored a combined 14 points off of those turnovers.
The Steelers allow the sixth-fewest points per game (20.3) and the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game (96.9). Quite frankly, the numbers are only going to get better. Their next three opponents include the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and Jacksonville Jaguars. After that, the Ravens will get their rematch with the Steelers.
Playoffs favor the Steelers
Let’s just say that the Steelers lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC because that’s the trajectory that the team is on. With the new playoff format, the top-7 teams qualify, which negates the top two teams getting bye weeks. The Steelers would be the only team to get a bye after the first round of the playoffs, which is a huge deal given that the Kansas City Chiefs are currently the No. 2 seed. Injuries can happen at any time in the NFL and that opens the door with another game.
With the current standings, the Steelers would play either the Titans, Ravens, or Colts. The Steelers won wins over both the Titans and Ravens on the road. With home field advantage, even with no fans, the Steelers have the edge to win. That would set up a prolific matchup with potentially the Chiefs and their high power offense. If history has proven anything, defense has come out on top in these matchups.