Steelers: 2015 regular season predictions

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Oct 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) meet at mid-field after their game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 51-34. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 – Oakland Raiders @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Score: 24-23 Pittsburgh

I’m being optimistic here. I’d love to give the Steelers the benefit of the doubt here and say “of course they’ll crush the raiders! The raiders really aren’t that great…” but sadly, we live in a world where the Steelers consistently surprise us by losing to bad teams, especially the Raiders. I am holding onto a glimmer of hope that the sad times of playing down to opponents may be over, and taking the safe pick.

Week 10 – Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Score: 45-23 Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers have bullied the Cleveland Browns for so many years, and with Cleveland barely improving, and possibly getting worse with their quarterback situation compared to last season, expect Pittsburgh to make up for the loss that they unfortunately took against Cleveland last season, something Steelers fans are not accustomed to.

Week 12 – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Seattle Seahawks

Score: 31-20 Seattle

Following their bye week, don’t expect the Steelers to come out shooting like they usually do. The Seattle Seahawks may just be the strongest team of this decade, and has been continuously a threat to any team they face. The Legion of Boom, the nickname for their defense, should be able to limit the production of the Steelers’ offense, and the defense probably won’t be able to do much with such a mobile quarterback in Russell Wilson, and running back beast Marshawn Lynch. This game could be close, but could easily become a blowout. Our prediction will settle for the in between. A decent win for Seattle.

Week 13 – Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Score: 45-38 Indianapolis

Last year, when the Colts visited Pittsburgh, the Steelers lit them up with a final score of 51-34, displaying one of the strongest offensive performances from the team in years. Don’t expect the same. The offense will probably have a similar performance, putting up points like crazy, but this is a new Colts team. With the addition of veterans wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore, the Colts are looking to make a deep playoff run this year, and may just be the best team in the league, definitely the AFC. It’s going to be a shootout, and the home field advantage helps, but the Colts very well may just be too strong.

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