There was a point last season when the Pittsburgh Steelers looked like they were headed for greatness. They kicked off the 2020 NFL season with an 11-0 record, leaving experts and fans to wonder just how far they'd go.
The answer wound up being, "Not very far." After their undefeated start, the Steelers went 1-4 for the remainder of the schedule. The season concluded with a 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round. Now, Pittsburgh will try to turn things around in 2021.
Steelers News: 2021 Schedule
The issue with that is that the Steelers don't have an easy schedule. In fact, ESPN's Mike Clay has listed them as having the hardest schedule in the league next season. Granted, things could change because the order of games isn't set, plus the strength of the schedule (SOS) is based on the current rosters.
Still, you have to imagine that Steelers fans will be less than thrilled about the difficult time that awaits their team. For starters, they already have to deal with tough divisional matchups against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. Both of those teams had 11 wins apiece in 2020 and will probably end up around there next year.
To make things harder the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills are just some of the heavy-hitters Pittsburgh will have to run through. Unless the Steelers can prove that the end of their 2020 campaign was a fluke, things could get ugly this season.
As it stands, Pittsburgh has the second-worst odds (+420) to win the AFC North, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. A major part of these disappointing odds is the fact the Ravens and Browns easier schedules than the Steelers. Things could change when the order of games comes out, but that still won't change the fact the "Black and Gold" will have a difficult season.
There's really no other way to put it: the Steelers could be screwed by the NFL's 2021 schedule.
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