By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on April 25, 2014
The NFL released the 2014 schedule on Wednesday, and now every fan is looking at the schedule of the team(s) they follow. Every fan wants to see the big games their teams will play and to try to predict each win and loss. How will the Pittsburgh Steelers do in 2014? The Steelers went 8-8 (won their last three) in 2013 and just missed making the playoffs because the San Diego Chargers had so much luck they should have played the lottery.
The Steelers win this game unless the Browns (4-12 last season) have a heck of a draft, and even then the Steelers will probably start off 1-0. The city of Cleveland never really wins anything in sports, and that will continue next season, starting with a loss to the Steelers.
The Ravens also finished 8-8 last season and RB Ray Rice has had some off field troubles this offseason, but I think Baltimore wins this game. This will be a hard fought game as always and emotions will be high like usual, but perhaps even more so this time because the game will be played on 9/11.
The Panthers had a really nice season in 2013, going 12-4, but this offseason Carolina got rid of just about every WR Cam Newton threw to last season, including Steve Smith. I still don’t trust Panthers QB Cam Newton; don’t be surprised if the Panthers regress in 2014. Steelers win.
The Bucs finished 4-12 in 2013, and now the three QBs on their roster are Mike Glennon, Mike Kafka and Josh McCown. Glennon and McCown each have some talent, but it’s doubtful either takes the Bucs to the postseason. The smart money is on the Steelers in this game.
The Jaguars went 4-12 in 2013, and now they don’t have their best player since RB Maurice Jones Drew is in Oakland playing for the Raiders. I don’t expect it to be any better for the Jags in 2014. Pittsburgh should win this game easily.
I picked the Steelers to beat the Browns at home in Week 1. It won’t make a difference when the Steelers travel and play in the Dawg Pound. The Steelers will make it a season sweep over the Browns. Who did the Steelers pay to get their two games against the Browns this early in the season?
Houston finished 2013 with a 2-14 record, and they have the first pick in the 2014 draft. Most prognosticators have them taking DE Jadeveon Clowney with that pick. Houston sent QB Matt Schaub packing because he kept throwing TDs to the wrong teams in 2013. The QBs on their roster now are Case Keenum and T.J. Yates, and neither of them will win a Super Bowl. The Texans will be improved in 2014 but not enough to beat the Steelers.
The Colts went 11-5 in 2013 and won the AFC South. They then mounted a huge come from behind win against the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild card round of the playoffs before their season ended with a loss to the New England Patriots in the divisional round. The Colts should be just as good this season, and they will hand Pittsburgh a second loss.
In Week 2 I said the Ravens would beat the Steelers in Baltimore. In Week 9 the Steelers will get their revenge and beat the Ravens to even the season series.
J.E.T.S Jets Jets Jets! Just kidding. The Jets went 8-8 in 2013, and there is a good chance they finish 2014 under .500. The Jets kicked Mark Sanchez out of town this offseason, and now they have Geno Smith, Matt Simms and Michael Vick as their QBs. Smith and Vick both have talent, but they are too inconsistent to get the Jets where they want to go. This could end up being a hard fought game, but look for the Steelers to go to 8-2.
The Titans went 7-9 in 2013 and ended the season on a two-game winning streak. They do not have a great QB on their roster and will probably finish 2014 with a similar record. Steelers go to 9-2 with a win.
The Steelers kind of win this week because they have their bye week pretty late in the season. That could end up being beneficial.
The Saints finished 2013 at 11-5, but they got dealt a tough schedule in 2014. Maybe the NFL is still upset about the whole Bounty Gate? I was all ready to have the Saints hand the Steelers their third loss of the season, but then I looked at the Saints' schedule. The Saints could still win this game, but the Steelers have the much easier schedule and will be coming off a bye week. Steelers win in a close one.
The Bengals went 11-5 in 2013 and won the division. They will probably finish with a very similar record in 2014. Look for the Bengals to take game one of the season series and hand the Steelers their third loss.
The Falcons had a horrible 2013 season, going 4-12 when most people expected them to build off their trip to the NFC Championship game in 2012. Look for the Falcons to get back to form in 2014. Atlanta will beat Pittsburgh, and the Steelers will lose back-to-back games for the first time in 2014.
The Chiefs went 11-5 last season but were wildly overrated. Look for them to regress in 2014. There is no way the Steelers go on a three-game losing streak. They will beat the Chiefs at home.
I have the Bengals beating the Steelers at home in Week 14. If both teams are playing at full strength and not resting their starters, look for the Bengals to complete the season sweep. The Steelers improve on their 2013 record and go 11-5 in 2014.
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