After starting the season 0-4, the Pittsburgh Steelers have rallied to get to 7-8 and are still mathematically in the playoff race. Pittsburgh has been improving week to week and they have now become one of the most feared teams in the AFC.
In his 10th NFL season, Ben Roethlisbereger is having one of the best statistical seasons of his career. He has managed to play in every game this season and this will be the first time he has started in all 16 games since 2008.
Since returning from an injury in Week 5, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has boosted Pittsburgh’s offense. He’s proving to everybody that he can do it all out of the backfield. Bell has become a trustworthy three-down back that has the ability to block, catch and run with both power and speed.
Antonio Brown has also had a coming out party in 2013. Although Brown was a solid wide receiver for the Steelers in past seasons, this has been his first season as the No. 1 option for Roethlisberger and he has more than taken advantage of the opportunity. Brown has elusive speed in the open field and has established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the National Football League.
Pittsburgh’s defense has been aging but they are a veteran bunch who have been through post season success before. The issue of them not being able to create turnovers seems to have disappeared and if the Steelers do manage to get into the playoffs, this defense will be ready for the challenge.
Although the Steelers’ record is sub-par, they are playing their best football at the end of their season. Roethlisberger has been the sixth seed in the playoffs once before and it led to a Super Bowl victory. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a nightmare for any team to face and nobody in the AFC wants to see themselves matched up against the black and gold this postseason.