Ceiling: Steelers go 12-5
Again, the last scenario depicted the absolute worst that Pittsburgh could do this year. In return, this is the absolute best that they could do, so don’t let that 12-5 record get your hopes too high.
In this case, divisional play would have the Steelers sweeping the Browns while also stealing a home victory against the Ravens late in the season. They would still fail to get a win over the Bengals, though, and last season’s installment of the rivalry should be enough to represent the reasoning behind why I believe so.
The main difference would be seen in their record away from home. In the previous scenario, the Steelers only got two victories as visitors; this time around, an impressive six out of their nine battles on the road would land in the win column.
The Steelers are a complete and utter wild card entering this upcoming season—and not the good kind. If they can survive their away slate, along with downing the foes that they have no business losing to in the first place (such as a QB-less Cleveland), then they can potentially remain as a playoff team. But if their schedule does in fact turn out to be too much for them, Pittsburgh might see its worst team in years.