Sportsnuts Steelers Preveiw
The Steelers and "Big Ben" look to repeat a magical season. Will we see the Ben we saw in the 15-1 regular season, or the Ben we saw in the playoffs?
Dreams of a Super Bowl ended early as the Steelers saw their 2004 season end with a 41-27 loss to eventual champs New England in the AFC Championship Game.
There aren't many changes in 2005. The most notable addition is wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, who replaces the most notable departure, Plaxico Burress. That lack of roster turnover can't hurt team chemistry, and the Steelers should be able to get off to a quick start with everyone on the same page.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger performed beyond all expectations as a rookie starter in the regular season, but he really seemed to show his inexperience in the team's two playoff contests with 5 interceptions. Between Duce Staley and the Bus the Steelers love to pound the ball and control the game which should help take pressure off the young QB
The defense will likely be at the top of the league rankings again, as the only departure from that unit is linebacker Kendrell Bell. Expect more of the same from the Steelers this season. This defense is no less dominant than the "Steel Curtain" of old.
Pittsburgh should be a Super Bowl contender, but in the NFL, nothing is given away. The Steelers will contend again and would dominate the NFC, but with Indy and New England in the AFC its never going to be as easy as it should be.