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DraftKings released their odds for win totals for the 2021 NFL season a few weeks ago and had the Steelers win total at over/under 8.5. With a 17th game being added, 8-8 records won't be possible. So if the Steelers were to go 8-9, it would be their first losing season since 2003. There's always a possibility of going 8-8-1, but the chances of that happening are slim. DraftKings has the Ravens win total at over/under 11 and the Browns at over/under 9.5. The Bengals then come in last in the AFC North with an over/under win total projection of 6.5.
Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill released their odds for win totals in the 2021 NFL season yesterday and has the Steelers at 9 wins. If the Steelers were to go 9-8, Tomlin would continue his streak of never having a losing season. Tomlin is entering his 15th year as the Steelers head coach.
For the rest of the AFC North, the Ravens lead the division with a projected win total of 11 and the Browns are second with 10. The Bengals are last with 6.5 wins. Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill has similar odds as DraftKings when it comes to the AFC North, except for the former has the Browns win total at 10 instead of 9.5 and has the Steelers win total at 9 instead of 8.5. They also both have the Chiefs having the best odds at 12 wins.
The Steelers will play the Ravens, Browns, Bengals, Broncos, Bears, Lions, Raiders, Titans and Seahawks at home in 2021. On the road, they will play the Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Chiefs, Packers, Vikings, Chargers and Bills.
By winning the AFC North in 2020, the Steelers will play a first-place schedule in 2021, and they'll have tough road games at Kansas City, Buffalo and Green Bay. The Steelers also have the toughest schedule in the league in 2021 based on their opponents' combined record of 155-115-2 (.574) in 2020. It includes 10 games against 2020 playoff teams, counting the Browns and Ravens twice.
The NFL schedule release is expected to be in mid-May this year.