3 reasons Steelers will go over their projected win total in 2023

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Winning football games has helped Mike Tomlin earn a reputation in the NFL. The 16-year head coach has strung together 15 consecutive winning seasons since joining Omar Khan's franchise. The dedication is appreciated by the Steelers community. They trust him to lead the team to success, regardless of what the odds may look like.

Pre-season action has led to regular-season predictions. According to Fox Sports, the Steelers are projected to win nine games this season. Here are a few reasons why they will do better than expected.

Kenny Pickett earned valuable experience in 2022

An unconventional end to the 2022 season helped create momentum for Pittsburgh during the off-season. Tomlin's unit rallied after a tough start to the year. They faced challenges and persevered - finishing the season with a 7-2 record. Resilience from their rookie gunslinger was the catalyst for an impressive streak. He demonstrated first-round talent when it mattered - building anticipation for the following year.

Kenny Pickett did not start the season under center. He watched from the sidelines as the Steelers began their season in Cincinnati. As time progressed, Mike Tomlin's staff decided a switch to a quarterback was essential. Pickett took the field in Week 4 against the Jets. He threw three interceptions but progressed as the season continued.

It was not a perfect season, but Pickett kept the Steelers afloat. He played his best when his team needed him - showing signs of a future franchise quarterback. Pickett earned his highest Pro Football Focus ratings against the Ravens (92.4), Colts (88.5), and Raiders (76.2). His clutch performances are enough for me to put my money on No.8 this season.