The Pittsburgh Steelers are Looking to Bounce Back for 2014
Last year, Pittsburgh Steelers tickets were insanely cheap because the team finished 8-8 for the second season in a row. Their final game of the 2013 season determined their lack of presence in the playoffs, and their heads were hanging low at the season’s end. Still, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his second best season in 2013 despite the overall offensive struggle. Looking towards the 2014 season, the Steelers franchise has moved on from continued reliance on their aging veteran players and have invested instead in recruiting, resigning and retaining younger players like star linebacker Jason Worilds. Things seem to be on the up turn for the Steelers’ 2014 season.
Looking forward to the 2014 season, the Steelers have a tough but potentially rewarding season ahead of them. The Steelers will play a total of five times on primetime television throughout the year, twice of which will be against the rival Baltimore Ravens. To kick off their season, the Steelers face the Cleveland Browns and should do well against the fragmented, struggling team who finished 4-12 last year. In Week 2, The Steelers face the Ravens on a Thursday night on primetime television. Because the Ravens will have home field advantage and perform exceptionally well under prime time lights, they are a favorite to win. If the Steelers can pull off a win against the Ravens in Week 2, they can really set the tone for a bouncing back, energized Steelers team for the rest of 2014.
Sadly, the Steelers have gradually declined over the past few years from having one of the league’s top defenses to having the number 14 defense. Their running game was one of the worst in the league in 2013, and their offense suffered from a plethora of injuries. Frequent sacks and turnovers didn’t help their offensive cause, either. Still, the 2013 Steelers made progress over the prior year’s numbers and they now seem to be bouncing back. Can this year’s roster boast even better offensive and defensive numbers? If the Steelers hope to get out of their 50% winning percentage rut, they’re going to have to make some serious progress on the field.
On the 40th anniversary of their Super Bowl IX victory, the Steelers are pumped up to achieve victory. The Steelers just might be able to turn their transitioning offense and defense into one cohesive unit to achieve the types of team victories that paint the Steelers’ rich past.