NFL Pro Football 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Regular Season Win Odds Preveiws

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The 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers concluded play in the 2014 regular season with a record of 11-5. They hosted the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wildcard game and were defeated by the score of 30-17 as a -3 point favorite.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker has the Pittsburgh Steelers lined to win 8 ½ games with over the total lined as a -160 betting odds favorite and under 8 ½ games will return +130 odds.

The Steelers were an outstanding offensive team in 2014. They ranked second in the league in total yardage as they gained 411 yards per game. The team scored 27.2 points per game ranking seventh best. Pittsburgh had the second best passing attack in the NFL with 301 yards passing per game. Spearheading the passing attack is veteran Ben Roethlisberger.

Big Ben had a monster 2014 as he completed 67% of his throws for 4952 yards with 32 touchdowns and 9 picks. It was the second straight year that Roethlisberger was able to start all 16 games in a regular season. The 67.1% accuracy was an all-time high for Roethlisberger over his 12 year Steeler career. The 33 year old had a favorite target in the passing game last year in Antonio Brown who is coming off a monster 2014.

Brown played in all 16 regular season games and caught 129 passes for 1698 yards with 14 touchdowns. He had four multiple touchdown games a year ago. With a strong passing attack the Steelers were an average running team gaining 109 yards per game last year. Running back Le’Veon Bell a season ago rushed for 1361 yards and had 4.7 yards per carry average. Bell will have to serve a suspension and will miss the first two weeks of the regular season. He improved off a 3.5 yards per run average in 2013.

If Pittsburgh is to go further into the playoffs they will need to improve their defense. The team has changed defensive coordinators as Kevin Butler takes over. The team will still line up in a 3-4. Head coach Mike Tomlin is getting involved in camp with the defense. His strength during his assistant days was coaching the secondary. That’s where Pittsburgh needs help. There was too much blown coverage last year and Pittsburgh was 27th against the pass in 2014.

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