4 bold predictions for the Steelers vs. 49ers in week 1

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Steelers Warren outpaces Harris

If you have followed along with my writing, you know that I am a big fan of Jaylen Warren. I love his ability with the ball in his hands, his burst, and his tenacity as a runner. That said, I also don’t find myself in the camp that Warren will be the starter over Najee Harris this season. The team will rightfully have a pair of co-starters to work with.

That said, I like Warren’s potential in this game more than Harris’s. The 49ers boast a strong defensive front, and while I have hope that this improved line will be able to open holes, I’m not convinced yet. If they can’t set the tone, Harris may once again struggle. He has proven in the past to be an inefficient runner when his line doesn’t open holes for him.

Because of this, as well as the fact that I think the Steelers will need to be in a quick-tempo offense on occasion to remain in the game, I think Warren outproduces Harris in terms of yards. Harris gets more opportunities, somewhere in the mid-teens, but he only registers 60 yards on the ground. He does convert two short-yardage touchdown opportunities though.

Warren adds a big play here and there which boosts his totals. As well, he is a factor in the passing game, reeling in four passes. While he fails to find the end zone, Warren flirts with 100 total yards and looks like the more efficient runner once again.

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The wait is finally over, and the Steelers are set to play regular-season football once again this weekend. I like this week one matchup, and I think Pittsburgh has a real chance to make their mark. Keep an eye on these bold predictions as the team takes the field this Sunday.