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Buffalo Bills opponent preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Bills clinched a playoff spot against Pittsburgh last year. This year’s Week 14 game is in prime time.

Every year, the NFL blogs of SB Nation share intel on their teams with the other blogs heading into the season for our 2020 NFL season preview. This year is no different in that regard, but the circumstances around the season are different.

In today’s installment, we take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers with some help from Behind the Steel Curtain.

Editor’s note: The responses are unedited and were sent in early July before the opt outs due to coronavirus.


Notable free agency additions: TE Eric Ebron, FB Derek Watt, OL Stefen Wisniewski, DT Chris Wormley (trade from BAL)

Over/under 10 wins? Over. Ben Roethlisberger alone is worth at least two more wins, plus the Steelers have the second easiest schedule in the NFL.

Rookie I’m most excited about: Chase Claypool. The Steelers will barely rely on rookies in 2020, so he is the most likely to get some playing time.

Best position battle heading into training camp: Right tackle. With Matt Feiler moving back to guard to begin training camp, it will be between Zach Banner and Chuks Okorafor for the right tackle position, although it’s not beyond the realm of possibility Feiler ends up back at tackle if one of the Steelers guards steps up during camp.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow. So much of the Steeler season falls on the health of Roethlisberger and his return from surgery.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Depth at ILB and Safety. While the Steelers defensive unit is almost completely intact from 2019, the depth at a couple key positions is concerning. Although players have a lot of potential, many are highly unproven.

Notable injuries heading into training camp: Since Roethlisberger‘s elbow was already mentioned, the other significant injury is Stephon Tuitt returning after missing 10 games with an injured pectoral.

Thanks once again to Behind the Steel Curtain for their perspective. The Bills host the Steelers in Week 14 on Sunday Night Football.