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Midseason Review – Pittsburgh Steelers


Last season proved to be a reasonable, if unspectacular one, for the Pittsburgh Steelers – as they finished second in the AFC North Division and secured a playoff spot under long-serving coach Mike Tomlin. There was no shame in losing to eventual Super Bowl winners the Broncos, but how are the Steelers faring in the current season?

Tomlin remains in charge of the Steelers for his tenth season, while Kevin Colbert has been the general manager for 17 seasons, giving them a consistency that is rare in the NFL. So far their results have been decidedly mixed this season, with 6 wins and 5 defeats from 11 games – although this is enough to ensure them second spot in the division. There is no question that they have been hampered somewhat by injuries to important players – with the likes of running back DeAngelo Williams and quarterback Bruce Gradowski missing games with fitness issues. The player who has been a stand-out for them this season, Ben Roethlisberger, has also missed matches due to injury – notably the 16-27 defeat to the New England Patriots – and this reaffirmed just how crucial he is to his team. Punter Jordan Berry has been another player who has enjoyed a very strong season for the Steelers thus far, but they have been let down by the performances of David DeCastro, who was re-signed with some fanfare during the off-season, and Jarvis Jones.

The Steelers have produced a number of strong displays – most notably in the early part of the season – with the fine 43-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, complete with superb touchdown at the end of the first half, being one. Low points would be the poor all-round performances in the defeats to the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens. Their mixed form has seen their odds for the Super Bowl rise from 8/1 at the start of the season to 14. Of course, this means the bookies still think they have a strong shot, but you may want to stick with playing $5 Million Touchdown at sites such as Spin Palace rather than risking it just now.

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