Steelers Predictions, Oddsmakers, Brown’s Words


The 2015 NFL Draft is just a few days away and offseason workout programs are starting across the league. While the Steelers get ready to build their big board and head out on the practice fields we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, April 23rd.

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Steelers season predictions

Now that the schedule is out it’s time to make some predictions. Who cares if the draft is still a week away and training camp is still at least three months away, there are picks to be made. ESPN’s Scott Brown has the Steelers going 9-7 with the league’s toughest schedule.

He has the Steelers losing the opening game in New England against the Patriots 38-20. Brown also has the Steelers sweeping the season series with the Browns and Bengals but splitting the games with the Ravens. Other losses Brown is penciling in include against the Rams, Seahawks, Colts and Broncos.

Place your bets

What’s crazier than picking game winners in April for NFL games that aren’t going to kick off for five months? Setting the betting lines, of course. Pro Football Talk has the lines for the NFL Week 1 action and the Steelers are set to be the biggest underdogs of the week.

According to Mike Wilkening of PFT, who compiled the Week 1 betting lines from, the Patriots are already favored by 6 at home against the Steelers on the NFL’s opening night. That appears to be the biggest line of the week already. I’m all for getting hyped for the season to start but setting the betting lines already may be a tad over doing it.

Can’t wait

On Sunday everyone loved Antonio Brown and was happy the Steelers had one of the top, if not the best, wide receivers in the game. Monday morning he had turned into a spoiled, selfish jerk who just didn’t know how things worked around here thanks to a tweet from Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports saying that Brown was holing out of the voluntary OTAs and plans to holdout longer for a new contract.

Either Brown was getting bad advice from his agent on Monday, and his agent leaked the idea of opening up contract negotiations for him or someone saw that Brown was not at OTAs for the first time in his career and ran with it.

Now it seems as though Brown either just wanted to clarify things or finally got some good advice on how to go about getting more money from the Steelers organization with a new set of tweets. Looks like there was no reason to panic after all.

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