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For those of you that viewed my AFC picks, you'll know I have The Steelers finishing 11-5 and in a tie with Baltimore atop the AFC North. I'm giving the Ravens the nod only because I think we will blow one to the Bengals at home thus giving Baltimore a better division record. Anyway, these are my game-by game thoughts for the Steelers. Please note, I can't do anything about more suspensions, injuries, trades, etc. These are based strictly on what I see now.
Wk 1 ATL-LOSS
For whatever reason I see a tight game going the way of the Falcons because Tomlin will be too stubborn and will start Leftwich who will not produce enough offense.
Wk 2 @ TEN-WIN
I see Dixon being the starter and he will energize the offense. Tennessee's defense is not what it once was.
Wk 3 TB-WINBucs have too many holes and are too young or old at key spots.
Wk 4 BALT-WIN
A lot of people see this as a loss for us because of no Ben, but I see a confident DD stepping up to make plays and our D doing enough to contain Ray Rice.
Wk 5 BYE
Wk 6 CLEV-WIN
Rested and ready (and hopefully with BR), the Steelers will plow through the Browns wanting to re-establish their dominance after a one-game hiccup last year.
WK 7 @ MIA-LOSS
I really like the Dolphins this year and I think their 1-2 punch of Williams and Brown will be good enough on this day to beat us in a really good game.
Wk 8 @ N.O.-Loss
This one on Halloween will be a classic, but I think we'll get burned one too many times by the speed of the Saints.
Wk 9 @ CIN-WIN
The 2-game losing streak will end with a huge performance in prime-time in Cincinnati or as we call it, Heinz Field West.
Wk 10 N.E.-WIN
The Steelers D will take away any running game the Pats might have and too many throws for Brady means a lot of Steelers' pressure and I don't think New England's D will stop us either.
Wk 11 OAK-WIN
After last year's debacle, Steelers will be all over the Raiders.
Wk 12 @ BUF-WIN
Bills will provide an early challenge, but Steelers win.
Wk 13 @ BALT-LOSS
Staying true to form, the home teams win each game in 2010.
Wk 14 CIN-LOSS
Hangover from last week's game will catch the Steelers and they lose antoher at home to the Bungles.
Wk 15 NYJ-WIN
By this point, I believe the New York Rex will be struggling and will be the perfect antidote for our two-game losing streak.
Wk 16 CAR-WINJimmy Clausen gets his first taste of the Blast Furnace and it will not be pretty.
Wk 17 @ CLEV-WIN
The Browns will once again have nothing to play for but pride and that's not enough as Steelers win and finish 11-5.
What Worries Me?
1. The 3-game stretch of Miami, New Orleans, Cincy all on the road, followed by Pats at home.
2. The 3-game stretch of @ Baltimore then home to Cincy and the Jets.
What I Like?
1. Bye-week in Week 5 where, presuming BR is back, he'll have an extra week to prepare.
NFC Playoffs(Winners in bold)
NYG @ DAL
GB @ SF
NYG @ MIN
GB @ N.O.
MIN @ N.O.
HOU @ SD
PIT @ IND
SD @ BALT
PIT @ NE
BALT @ NE
N.O. over NE
As much as we hate to admit it, I think Belichek is the best coach in the league and he will make the proper adjustments defensively to get them to the SB where they will ultimately not be able to deal with the speed of the Saints in Cowboys Stadium.
League MVP: Drew Brees
Off. POY: Philip Rivers
Def. POY: LaMarr Woodley