NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks has a very intriguing view of the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of the 2022 season.

Brooks, a former NFL cornerback, thinks the Steelers are a team that could cause “chaos” in 2022.

Here’s his reasoning (via NFL.com):

Yes, it’s weird to talk about one of the most accomplished franchises in league history as a potential chaos team, but this is undoubtedly a transitional time for the Steelers. With Ben Roethlisberger hanging up the cleats in January, it’s the start of a new era in Pittsburgh. And with the Steelers positioned in a competitive AFC North, some folks think Mike Tomlin’s due for his first losing season. Not sure I’d personally make that bet. Without the future Hall of Famer in the huddle, the Steelers could take a “back to the future” approach that prioritizes the defense and running game. The defense certainly has the pieces in place to strangle opponents, with reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt flanked by All-Pro defensive tackle Cameron Heyward and playmaking safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, among others.

Dec 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) runs after a catch against Tennessee Titans cornerback Buster Skrine (38) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

I think Brooks is spot on with his take.

Everyone seems to be on the Cincinnati Bengals hype train right now — which is understandable after they reached the Super Bowl last season and improved their offensive line this offseason.

But it feels like no one is even giving the Steelers a chance in the AFC North. And that’s probably not wise.

Pittsburgh has one of the best defenses in the NFL, which is led by arguably the best pass-rushing duo in the league in TJ Watt and Cam Heyward. That alone makes the Steelers a dangerous team.

While Pittsburgh doesn’t have a “star” at quarterback, they still likely upgraded this offseason by going from an immobile, over-the-hill quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger to a better fit for offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offense in either Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett (likely Trubisky).

The Steelers have a lot to prove. There’s no doubt about that. But they can definitely make some noise this season. And I wouldn’t be shocked if they shake things up by earning a Wild Card berth in the playoffs or possibly even winning the AFC North.

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