Mike Tomlin has been the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ head coach since 2007 and he’s never experienced a losing season.
Will that change in 2022?
NFL.com’s Adam Rank doesn’t think it will.
Rank made game-by-game predictions for each NFL team this week and he has the Steelers finishing with an 8-8-1 record this upcoming season.
Predicting a tie for a team is odd, but Tomlin has been involved in two ties during his time in Pittsburgh, including last year against the Detroit Lions. It’s unlikely, but it’s plausible.
Most analysts seem to share Rank’s view of the Steelers in 2022. It doesn’t seem like many folks have faith in Pittsburgh’s ability to win the AFC North (or make the playoffs), but analysts seem to think the Steelers will still have a solid season. That’s likely due to Pittsburgh having a great defense, but an uncertain quarterback situation.
Here’s how Rank has Pittsburgh’s season playing out:
- Steelers @ Bengals Loss
- Steelers vs Patriots Win
- Steelers @ Browns Loss
- Steelers vs Jets Loss
- Steelers @ Bills Loss
- Steelers vs Buccaneers Win
- Steelers @ Dolphins Loss
- Steelers @ Eagles Win
- Steelers vs Saints Win
- Steelers vs Bengals Loss
- Steelers @ Colts Loss
- Steelers @ Falcons Win
- Steelers vs Ravens Tie
- Steelers @ Panthers Win
- Steelers vs Raiders Loss
- Steelers @ Ravens Win
- Steelers vs Browns Win
There are certainly some interesting choices here from Rank.
I don’t see the Steelers losing at home to the Jets. Rank, for whatever reason, seems to be high on the Jets in 2022 (he also has the Bengals losing to the Jets). Then Rank has Pittsburgh beating Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. If anything, those two results should be flipped (though the Steelers are capable of beating the Bucs).
The loss against the Browns early in the season seems like a poor prediction, too. Cleveland is a mess right now with the whole Deshaun Watson situation. Watson could be suspended for the first part of the season (if not longer), and the Browns have ruined their relationship with Baker Mayfield. Cleveland could be in a for a long, dreadful year. And I don’t think they’ll have it together enough early in the season to beat the Steelers and their great defense.
Rank had Pittsburgh going 6-11 last season. Instead, the Steelers went 9-7-1 and reached the playoffs.
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