Predicting the Steelers season (Part 1)

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The Title says it all so lets get going,

Sun, Sept 8th - Tennessee – 1.00 pm / 6.00 pm GMT

Despite last years upset – which was mainly due to Ike Taylor having an off day against Kenny Britt I think the Steelers can be happy with their opening fixture. Outside of Chris Johnson the Titans only other established threat is Kenny Britt. The Steelers will be anxious to get off to a good start and I think this is as comfortable a win as we will have all year.

PredictionWin by 17-28     Record: 1-0

Mon Sept 16th @ Cincinatti 8:40 pm / 1:40 am GMT

Our first evening game of the year and one with added spice thanks to the presence of James Harrison on the Bengals roster – The Bungles have added some dangerous weapons to their offence with Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert. I think the Steelers will split both series with their divisional rivals this year and I think the wins will go to the team with home-field advantage, Bengals to win … Just

PredictionLoss : 10-13    Record : 1-1

Sun, Sept 22nd - Chicago – 8:30 pm / 1:30 am GMT

Under new head coach Marc Trestman I can only see the Bears going one way and that’s down. They are inconsistent at the best of times and the Steelers will be too strong for them, Steelers to win comfortably.

Prediction – Win: 21-30  Record: 2-1

Sun, Sept 29th - @ Wembley, London (Vikings)  – 1.00 pm / 6.00 pm GMT

This is the Steelers 9th home game of the season in effect. I’ll be there to see the Steelers in action live for the 2nd time in my life and I know the majority of the stadium will be dressed in black and gold. The Steelers are as well equipped to stop the run (Adrian Peterson) as anyone, as they showed last year versus The Redskins who were number one overall on the ground last year. If they can force Ponder to throw they should win this one, It could be tight though.

Prediction: Win: 14-10    Record: 3-1

BYE 

Sun, Oct 13th - @ New York Jets – 1.00 pm / 6.00 pm GMT

Coming off ANOTHER early bye the Steelers head to New York. If Sanchez is the starter then we are in an excellent position to win. And if Smith wins a place as top QB on the depth chart then we all know how good we are against rookie Quarterbacks.

Prediction – Win: 24-10     Record: 4-1

Sun, Oct 20th - Baltimore – 4.25 pm / 9.25 pm GMT

Everyone’s favorite match-up. I actually think that the Ravens have improved over the off-season, injecting new players into an average defence. This doesn’t change the fact that they rode their luck to win the Superbowl and were far from unbeatable (Charlie Batch anyone?) As I said earlier I think the Steelers will go 1-1 with the Bengals and the Ravens this year and I can’t see us winning in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night so this will be a Steelers win for me.

Prediction: Win: 7-10     Record: 5-1

Sun, Oct 27th  - @ Oakland  – 4.05 pm / 9.05 pm GMT

We can all remember last year and we don’t want a repeat. But we seem to be good at throwing games away to the Raiders. We have also historically struggled in Oakland. With Pryor likely to be under center they will be erratic. I’m tempted to put this as a loss but I’ll put some faith in the Steelers and back them to buck trend

Prediction – Win : 24-17    Record 6-1

Sun, Nov 3rd - @ New England – 4.25 pm / 9.25 pm GMT

Tom Brady may see ghosts put he also sees wide open receivers eluding William Gay. The last time we played the Patriots we beat them en route to a 12-4 season – This time I see a loss en route to a similar record at the end of the year.

Prediction – Loss: 20-27       Record: 6-2

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