2021 Season Preview: The Steelers are part of AFC’s toughest division. They could finish first or fourth and the difference will depend on whether aging QB Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy. Big Ben has some exciting passing targets in Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and JuJu Smith-Schuster—as well as a talented rookie running back, Najee Harris. Minkah Fitzpatrick and TJ Watt lead a solid defense.
2020 Season Roundup: The defense just seemed to get tired at the end, and that problem continued in the playoffs when they allowed the Browns to score 48 points. Ben Roethlisberger had a nice year at the age of 38 with 33 touchdown passes, while Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster led the club with 97 catches. TJ Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick led a defense that struck fear into opponents…until it didn’t.
October 25, 2020: Ben Roethlisberger became just the fifth quarterback in history to win his 150th start, when Pittsburgh defeated the Tennessee Titans, 27–24.
October 18, 2020: Chase Claypool reached the end zone four times in a win over the Eagles. He was the first rookie in NFL history with three TD catches and a scoring run in the same game.
2020 Season Preview: Ben Roethlisberger returns to the huddle after missing all of 2019 with an injury. Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is happy to have Big Ben back, and newcomer Eric Ebron should serve as one of Roethlisberger’s prime targets. The Pittsburgh defense was better than the team’s 8–8 record last year, and will improve along with its star lineman, TJ Watt.
2019 Season Roundup: The Steelers struggled without Ben Roethlisberger in uniform but still managed to win half their games. Injuries also kept receivers James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster from playing their best. The Pittsburgh defense, led by TJ Watt, Cameron Heyward, and newcomer Minkah Fitzpatrick, was sensational.
September 15, 2019: JuJu Smith-Schuster became the youngest player in history to reach 2,500 receiving yards. He passed this mark at 22 years and 297 days old—13 days earlier than Randy Moss.
2019 Season Preview: The 2018 season unraveled quickly in Pittsburgh, with Ben Roethlisberger the only one of the three Killer B’s on the field when they Steelers needed some late-season magic. James Conner, who replaced holdout Le’Veon Bell, is back again as the #1 runner, while JuJu Smith-Schuster looks to match his incredible receiving numbers as a rookie last year. The team’s pass defense may not be strong enough to stop most opponents, but its front seven—which welcomes #1 pick Devin Bush at linebacker—is good enough to get the job done.
October 28, 2018: Running back James Conner gained 146 yards against the Browns and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week the second time in a row. Conner was also the Player of the Month for October.
2018 Season Preview: Pittsburgh fans will be disappointed if the Steelers don’t reach the Super Bowl. They are well-balanced on both sides of the ball, and their pass defense should be even better this season than it was in 2017. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown give the Steelers three of the NFL top weapons on offense.
2017 Season Roundup: The Steelers won the AFC North with a 13–3 record but were upset in the playoffs by the Jaguars. Ben Roethlisberger threw for more than 4,00 yards for the fifth time in his career, LeVeon Bell ran for 1,291 yards and was named a first-team All-Pro, and Antonio Brown caught 101 passes and led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards. Cameron Heyward led the Steel Curtain defense with 12 sacks.
December 10, 2017: Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards in a win against the Ravens. He became the first QB in history to have three 500-yard games in the same season.
2017 Season Preview: Pittsburgh’s offense is a true powerhouse. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Von Bell, and Antonio Brown will need to make big plays in December and January in order for the Steelers to return to the Super Bowl. The defense, led by Ryan Shazier, will also have to take a big step forward to earn another NFL title.
2016 Season Roundup: The Steelers made the playoffs for the third year in a row with an offense led once again by Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. After missing much of 2015, Le’Veon Bell recovered to pace the club with 1,268 rushing yards and caught 75 passes. Pittsburgh was just 4–5 after nine games, but won its final six to finish atop the AFC North at 10–6. The Steelers fell short of reaching the Super Bowl, falling to the Patriots 36–17 in the AFC title game.
2016 Season Preview: Is there a better scoring trio than Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown? If all three stay healthy, the Steelers should be able to reach 12 or more wins. The defense was a weakness in 2015, but Pittsburgh added some young talent to go with stars James Harrison and Cameron Heyward in 2016.
December 13, 2015: Antonio Brown caught 100 passes for the third year in a row. Only 5 other players in history have had three straight 100-catch seasons.
2015 Season Preview: Pittsburgh’s legendary defense was nowhere to be found in 2014. QB Ben Roethlisberger made up for it with his best season ever. If Big ben can repeat and the team’s young defensive players step up, the Steelers could challenge the Pats and Broncos for the AFC title.
January 31, 2015: Running back Le’Veon Bell was named FedEx Ground Player of the Year and Fantasy Player of the Year.
October 26, 2014: Ben Roethlisberger passed for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns in a victory over the Colts. He is the first player to have two 500-yard passing games and the second to pass for 500 yards and throw for 6 touchdowns in the same game. One week later he threw six more touchdown passes, against the Ravens!
September 2, 2014: The Steelers’ so-so season in 2013 convinced the team to rebuild its defense with veteran Mike Mitchell and rookies Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt. Newcomers LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer will help Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense, which needs big years from receiver Antonio Brown and running back LeVeon Bell.
September 4, 2013: It is not unusual for a successful team like the Steelers to have a year to regroup and rebuild, as they did in 2012. Pittsburgh fans hope that one year is all it takes. If Ben Roethlisberger has anything to say about it, the Steelers should be back in the playoff hunt in 2013. They will also be looking to young players such as Antonio Brown, Jason Worilds, and Jarvis Jones to step up and become team leaders.
February 2, 2013: Although their record was just 8–8, it was an exciting season for the Steelers. Six of their 16 games were decided on the final play! Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller led the passing attack, but Pittsburgh’s ground game was not up to its usual standards.
Summer, 2012: With Hines Ward retired, receiver Mike Wallace becomes the go-to guy for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2012. The team should be as strong as always on defense, but the Steelers play a tough schedule in a tough division, so they need to be at their best every time they take the field.