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2nd AFC North
Grade : D+
The Steelers will want a redo of the second part of the 2018-19 season. Pittsburgh started the campaign relatively strong, opening up 7-2-1 through the first 10 games. Big Ben had established a flow with the offense, finding the perfect balance between the James Connor run game and the aerial attack of Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Pittsburgh went on to lose 4 of the remaining 6 games, missing out on the AFC playoffs due to the tie on their record.
2019-20 Season Outlook
The Steelers are making a habit of falling out with their best offensive player. Last year, Le’Veon Bell held out, missing the whole 2018-19 season while sitting out a contract dispute. This season, it looks like star wide receiver Antonio Brown could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. Brown has made headlines countless times since the end of the season, including stories reporting Antonio Brown expressing his interest to leave the Steelers. Antonio Brown has been a huge part of the Pittsburgh offense for the last 6-7 years, recording seven 1,000+ receiving yard seasons for the Steelers in his nine year career.
Other than the Antonio Brown fiasco, the Steelers are in good shape for the 2019-20 season. T.J. Watt was a breakout star on the defensive side of the ball for Pittsburgh. This Steeler defense is aging, but still looks to have 1-2 more competitive seasons left in the tank.
If Pittsburgh can be a player in the free agency market and add some depth to the running back and secondary positions, the Steelers could be one of the favorites to win the AFC North going into next season.