Given the circumstances, what the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off last season was nothing short of remarkable. The Steelers lost Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and their franchise quarterback, and yet still managed to post an 8-8 record thanks to their stout defense.
With Ben Roethlisberger set to return and an entire offseason to re-tool the offense, Pittsburgh could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2021, though the Steelers' odds on FanDuel Sportsbook don't necessarily reflect that.
Tied for the 11th-best odds at +2200, Pittsburgh is trailing the both the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, neither of whom made the postseason this year. Of course, neither did Pittsburgh, but the Rams and Cowboys both benefited from full 16-game seasons from their starting QBs — a luxury the Steelers didn't have.
And it's not like the Steelers got league-average play from their backups, either. Mason Rudolph ranked dead last among all qualified passers with an average of 5.7 adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A), and Devlin Hodges would've been even worse had he played enough to qualify, checking in with 5.0 AY/A.
As a result, Pittsburgh finished as the league's sixth-worst scoring offense.
Excluding 2019, Pittsburgh had finished no worse than 11th in scoring offense over each of the past five seasons, so with a healthy Roethlisberger, it's fair to expect a much-improved Steelers' attack.
And given that this defense ranked No. 3 in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and No. 1 in weighted DVOA, that could make for a dangerous combination.
Banking on a healthy season from a soon-to-be 38-year-old QB is risky, but if Roethlisberger can play up to his usual standards, the Steelers look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Hopefully this team starts getting a little more respect as the offseason progresses.
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