Steelers Predicted to Miss Playoffs

National media is not optimistic that the Pittsburgh Steelers will make the postseason.
Jan 15, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts in the
Jan 15, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts in the / Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers put in plenty of work over the offseason to try and build a roster that is capable of not only returning to the postseason, but extending a run beyond the first round - something this team hasn't done in seven years.

But most believe the Steelers won't even make it to the postseason. Oddsmakers, analytical models and commentators all generally agree - there wont be the kind of drastic improvements from the Steelers that many are hoping for in 2024.

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco put it plainly - he doesn't see Russell Wilson as a viable option to start at quarterback anymore and their continued struggles finding a franchise signal caller will offset the improvements they made to the defense and offensive line.

“Yeah, I don’t think they’re gonna be very good. I think they’re gonna win seven games, and I think when you look at Russell Wilson, I don’t think he’s good anymore,” Prisco said. “I’ll be honest with you, I think his best years are behind him. It wouldn’t surprise me at some point if Justin Fields took over as the starter on this team. I think they’re gonna struggle throwing the football much like they have for the last couple of years. I do.”

It would take a minor miracle for seven wins to somehow be playoff worth in the AFC this year.

What's more, the Steelers - who don't pass Prisco's eye test - don't look good on paper either, according to NFL.com's Cynthia Frelund. As she ran her simulations for the 2024 NFL season, she had the Steelers missing the playoffs and averaging just 8.7 wins in those simulations, largely because of how tough their schedule is.

All of these sentiments are reflected in the betting odds, which accoring to FanDuel, fall against the Steelers' favor. FanDuel has the Steelers' odds to make the playoffs at +168 and missing the playoffs is at -210.

The Steelers were able to make some significant and critical improvements to their team - from the coaching staff down throughout the roster - but it won't be enough if these analysts are correct.

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Stephen Thompson

STEPHEN THOMPSON

Stephen Thompson graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Pitt in April 2022 after spending four years as a sports writer and editor at The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh's independent, student-run newspaper. He primarily worked the Pitt men's basketball beat, and filled in on coverage of football, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and lacrosse, in addition to other sports as needed. His work at The Pitt News has won awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association and Associated College Press. During the spring and summer of 2021, Stephen interned for Pittsburgh Sports Now, covering baseball in western Pennsylvania. Hailing from Washington D.C., family ties have cultivated a love of Boston's professional teams and Pitt athletics, and a fascination with sports in general.