Steelers Are Being Disrespected by 2020 NFL Season Win Total

Be Roethlisberger is expected to return as full-time starter in 2020.
Be Roethlisberger is expected to return as full-time starter in 2020. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

With NFL free agency in full swing and the Draft on the horizon, FanDuel Sportsbook has released the full list of projected NFL win totals to bet on ahead of the 2020 campaign. With plenty of teams to argue over, let's take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers, who could be receiving some disrespect in their number, currently sitting at 9 wins.

Despite losing starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season in Week 2 of 2019, the Steelers rallied behind their defense and backup quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges on their way to an 8-8 record.

As we look ahead to 2020, Big Ben should be back in the fold and prepared to take his place under center once again. And according to the Steelers' long-time QB, he's feeling better than he has in a long time.

One would have to imagine that returning a healthy Roethlisberger is worth at least one more win than this team saw without him last season. Behind one of the best coaches in the NFL in Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh should have plenty of reason to hit or exceed this total.

Their division does have the Baltimore Ravens in it, who are coming off an impressive 2019 regular season. However, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns are the other two division rivals, and they have projected win totals of just 5.5 and 8.5, respectively.

In terms of the rest of the roster, the Steelers have done a good job addressing things in free agency, despite limited cap space. They retained important pieces like Bud Dupree and Zach Banner, but also made valuable additions like tight end Eric Ebron, full back Derek Watt and guard Stefen Wisniewski.

At the end of the day, this 8-8 team got better on paper and should feel disrespected by their projected 9-win total.

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