When fans think of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it's hard not to envision that tough-nosed defense. That was very much the case in 2020 as Pittsburgh finished with the league's third-best defense (305.8 yards per game allowed).
However, over the past decade with Ben Roethlisberger under center, the Steelers' offense is usually one to fear as well. Last year was a bit of an enigma, as Pittsburgh finished with just the eighth-fewest yards on offense per game (334.6). Nonetheless, it's hard to imagine this Pittsburgh team not in the top-10 of the NFL entering the 2021 campaign.
That's why ProFootballFocus' latest 2021 NFL power rankings are showing some major disrespect towards Pittsburgh.
According to PFF, the Steelers head into the 2021 season as just the No. 13 best team in football. Pittsburgh also rates with just a 1% chance of winning the Super Bowl, according to the site.
In 2020, despite an anomaly of bad offense, the Steelers managed to go 12-4. Those 12 wins still ranked as the T-3rd best mark across the league as Pittsburgh went on to win the AFC North division for the 24th time in franchise history.
While Pittsburgh struggled to put up major yards numbers last year, this team still scored 26.0 points per game to rank 12th in the league. Running back was the major issue as James Conner rushed less than 750 yards on offense. But, the Steelers went out and drafted Najee Harris, a stud running back from the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Adding in the intimidating trio of wideouts in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson, it's easy to envision Pittsburgh at the top of the offensive leaderboards in 2021. Currently, the Steelers own just +4400 odds to win the Super Bowl on FanDuel Sportsbook. There's a lot to like about the weapons on this team and the Steelers should be playing with a chip on their shoulders next year.
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