Friday, August 31, 2012
Predicting win total: Steelers
By Jamison Hensley
It's the final day of revisiting the "More or Less" blog, where ESPN's John Clayton predicted the win total for every team in the NFL.
As we've been pointing out all week, Clayton made his forecast a couple of months ago, and the makeup of the teams have changed over that time. That's especially true for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are predicted to go 10-6.
The positive developments have been wide receiver Mike Wallace ending his holdout (and not extending it into the regular season); rookie running back Chris Rainey exceeding expectations as a playmaker; and the returns of offensive tackle Max Starks and nose tackle Casey Hampton after offseason ACL surgeries.
The bad news for the Steelers has been serious injuries to two of their top three draft picks (guard David DeCastro and linebacker Sean Spence) and James Harrison's knee scope toward the end of training camp.
So, will the Steelers finish with more or less than 10 wins this season? Record your vote and send me the reason for your decision to my AFC North mailbag.