There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers will have the toughest schedule in 2021. Could this be Mike Tomlin's first losing season as a Pittsburgh Steelers head coach? Many of the National Media think it could be. I won't believe it until I actually see it though because Tomlin has had the likes of Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges as his quarterbacks but still managed to have a winning regular season even though they did miss the playoffs.
Bleacher Report feels the Steelers will end up with a record of 8-9 once the 2021 season completes. One of the reasons is because the Steelers had one of the most uneven seasons in 2020. After starting 11-0 they lost five of their last six games and were one and done in the playoffs. Bleacher is not the only one who thinks the Steelers issues at the end of 2020 are going to continue into 2021. Pro Football Focus, ESPN, and other media outlets feel the same way. There is no love for the Steelers it seems after their 2021 NFL draft, but this is normally how they act toward the Steelers in the offseason.
Although the Steelers defense was elite in 2020 they could not run the football at all and Ben Roethlisberger started to look like he was declining toward the end of the season. Well yes of course Ben would be tired after throwing the football 50 times a game... Bleacher feels adding Najee Harris will help the run game, but it's still going to depend on how good the blocking upfront is going to be for him.
Their tough schedule does not make things better for the Steelers in 2021 either. The 6 games at the end should determine whether they make the playoffs or not. Bleacher says the Steelers have proved to be a fairly resilient franchise over the years and have not had a losing season since 2003, but they feel that will be challenged this season as they will be going 8-9.