Will the Steelers Make the NFL Playoffs in 2020?

| June 30, 2020 5:29 am PDT

Mike Tomlin was given a pass for missing out on the playoffs in 2019, but the expectations are much higher in the upcoming season. Ben Roethlisberger is back and is promising the public he’s healthy, and the defense should be among the top units in football.

With the league upping the ante now by allowing for nearly half the teams to be part of the postseason, missing out on the action for a third consecutive year won’t go over well with the Rooney family.

Let’s look ahead at how things could pan out, ultimately answering the question of if the Steelers will make the playoffs in 2020.

Pittsburgh Steelers Playoff Odds

Yes-140
No+120

Way before you dive into the Steelers’ playoff odds in 2020, you should be fully in tune with what went down a season ago. Remember, this is a group that won eight games in 2019 with a concoction of Duck Hodges and Mason Rudolph under center. Pittsburgh ranked 30th in the league in yards and 27th in scoring, and they stunk on third down (27th in third down conversion percentage).

To be fair, finishing .500 on the shoulders of the least efficient red zone offense in football is quite an accomplishment for Mike Tomlin and his staff.

With Big Ben back, it shouldn’t be shocking to see that most of the trusted football betting sites installed the Steelers’ playoff odds in 2020 at -170 (to make). However, I was able to spot -140 hanging out at BetOnline.

It’s important you shop your prices — especially if you’re in the camp that thinks Roethlisberger is dried up. You can back Pittsburgh not making the playoffs at +130 at sites such as XBet.ag or Bovada.

Steelers Playoff Prediction and Pick

Roethlisberger being back is the first reason to be excited about the Steelers’ offense. The second is the big-bodied reliable pass-catchers that were added during the offseason. Eric Ebron (via free agency) and Chase Claypool (via draft) not only thrust JuJu Smith-Schuster back into his familiar role in the slot, but they give Randy Fichtner the ability to open up his playbook.

I don’t expect Pitt to be the high-flying bunch they were back in Antonio Brown’s heyday, but elevating themselves into an average to above-average unit isn’t asking a whole lot. Particularly when your defense could be the best in the land.

I could spend ample time highlighting what everyone on the Steelers defense does well — ala Sean McVay extolling the Bears’ defense back in December of 2018 — but it’s best summed up like this.

Cameron Heyward anchors a defensive line that is backed by the best linebacking core in the game. Devin Bush Jr. and Bud Dupree are lights-out players, while Minkah Fitzpatrick heads a secondary that is stockpiled with talent.

Did I mention that T.J. Watt is my NFL Defensive Player of the Year pick?

I’m not ready to go out on a limb and predict that Pittsburgh overtakes Baltimore and wins the AFC East, but I’ve studied this roster carefully. With three AFC wild-card slots up for grabs and Tom Brady now in Tampa Bay, I’m ready to vouch that the Steelers will make the playoffs in 2020.

Pick
  • Yes
    -140

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Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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