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Pittsburgh Steelers schedule and 2021 season predictions

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule this week

Week 3 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Sp. 261:00 PMCBS
  • Spread: Steelers -4.5 (BetMGM)
  • Moneyline: Steelers (-200), Bengals (+170)
  • Over/Under: 44
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Steelers 20, Bengals 14

The Cincinnati Bengals can’t protect Joe Burrow and that’s going to make all the difference in Week 3. We might see better numbers from Pittsburgh’s offense against Cincinnati, but it won’t be a sign of improvement.

Steelers season takeaways:

  • Steelers have the hardest strength of schedule in 2021, via The Athletic.
  • Pittsburgh appears in five primetime games, including twice on Monday Night Football.
  • Steelers end their 2021 season with four consecutive games against opponents in the top-10 of our NFL power rankings.
  • Sportsnaut.com predicts the Pittsburgh Steelers finish with a 9-8 record.

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule predictions, roster outlook

Steelers roster outlook

All our predictions are based on the Steelers keeping and starting these key players:

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule results

Let’s dive into our 2021 predictions for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Week 1 – The Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills on the road 23-16

  • When: Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1:00 PM EST
  • Spread: Bills -6.5 (via DraftKings)
  • Moneyline: Bills -335, Steelers +260
  • Over/Under: 48.5
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Bills 28, Steelers 16

Pittsburgh trailed 10-0 at the half and failed to cross the 50-yard line in the first two quarters. Sparked by a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, the Steelers stormed back to outscore Buffalo 23-6 in the second half. A phenomenal performance from this defense and the proof many needed to buy into this team again.

Week 2 – Pittsburgh Steelers lost at home to the Las Vegas Raiders, 24-17

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Sep. 191:00 PMCBS
  • Spread: Steelers -6
  • Moneyline: Steelers (-250); Raiders (+200)
  • Over/Under: 47.5
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Steelers 24, Raiders 17

It’s time to be concerned about Pittsburgh’s offense. Ben Roethlisberger threw just one touchdown on 40 attempts, posting an 87.0 quarterback rating. More alarming this rushing attack is struggling to gain positive yards. Both factors tired down the defense, which played without T.J. Watt for a large portion of the game.

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule
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Week 4 – @ Green Bay Packers

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Oct. 34:25 PMCBS

Given how daunting the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule is this season, they needed Aaron Rodgers to retire. With the reigning NFL MVP back, this game becomes a lot harder. We feel very confident in Pittsburgh’s ability to hold Rodgers and Co. under 28 points, but we haven’t seen enough from the offense yet to trust it.

  • Week 4 schedule prediction: Packers 27, Steelers 24

Related: NFL Power Rankings – Packers back in the top 10 heading into Week 3

Week 5 – vs. Denver Broncos

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Oct. 101:00 PMFOX

The Denver Broncos are a Super Bowl contender with a top-10 quarterback. Put Teddy Bridgewater or Drew Lock under center and finishing above .500 would be an unexpected accomplishment. This figures to be a low-scoring game with the difference being quarterback play and that clearly favors Pittsburgh.

  • Week 5 schedule prediction: Steelers 20, Broncos 17

Week 6 –  vs. Seattle Seahawks

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Oct. 178:20 PMNBC

Russell Wilson and Co. against the Steelers’ secondary is a recipe for fireworks. Pittsburgh doesn’t have the cornerbacks to cover D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. A great pass rush could help offset that, but Wilson is better than anyone at buying time. Count on three touchdowns from Wilson and Jamal Adams getting a sack on Big Ben in a Seahawks’ victory.

  • Week 6 schedule prediction: Seahawks 27, Steelers 21

WEEK 7 BYE

Week 8 – @ Cleveland Browns

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Oct. 311:00 PMCBS

We saw a changing of the guards last winter, Cleveland took the reigns in this division and will be controlling this rivalry. After years of being the little brother in this series, the Browns are poised to dominate the Steelers for the next several years.

  • Week 8 schedule prediction: Browns 27, Steelers 17

Week 9 – vs. Chicago Bears

DateTimeTV
Monday, Nov. 88:15 PMESPN

By Week 9, it would be criminal if the Chicago Bears aren’t starting Justin Fields. Unfortunately for the rookie, he’ll have to square off against one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, Melvin Ingram, Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu are going to win this game and they’ll make it look easy against Chicago’s putrid line.

  • Week 9 schedule prediction: Steelers 21. Bears 13

Week 10 – vs. Detroit Lions

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Nov. 141:00 PMFOX

The Detroit Lions might be a very good team in a few years, but this will be a season their fans won’t want to witness. While getting pressure won’t be easy against Detroit’s offensive line, there isn’t a real threat at wide receiver. Plus, the Lions’ defense is a huge work in progress. This might be one of the Steelers’ few double-digit victories.

  • Week 10 schedule prediction: Steelers 31, Lions 13

Week 11 – @ Los Angeles Chargers

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Nov. 218:20 PMNBC

Los Angeles finally provided its quarterback with an offensive line. Justin Herbert thrived when given a clean pocket in his rookie season and he should take another step forward in the upcoming season. Pair that with Brandon Staley calling plays for a healthy defense, the end result is another defeat for Pittsburgh.

  • Week 12 schedule prediction: Chargers 30, Steelers 25

Week 12 – @ Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule
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DateTimeTV
Sunday, Nov. 281:00 PMCBS

The Bengals are a year away from giving Pittsburgh a serious threat in their head-to-head meetings. T.J. Watt just seems to love facing Cincinnati’s offensive line and we don’t expect anything different this year. With the Bengals’ pass rush still weak, they can’t exploit the Steelers’ Achilles heel.

  • Week 12 schedule prediction: Steelers 26, Bengals 17

Week 13 – vs. Baltimore Ravens

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Dec. 54:25 PMCBS

Following the injuries to Marcus Peters and Gus Edwards, this division gets a huge shakeup. Baltimore could still beat the Steelers, especially since its receivers should be hitting their stride at this point, but grabbing a win in Pittsburgh seems unlikely.

  • Week 13 schedule prediction: Steelers 27, Ravens 21

Week 14 – @ Minnesota Vikings

DateTimeTV
Thursday, Dec. 98:20 PMFOX, NFL

Minnesota’s defense should be better than the unit we saw take the field last season. That’s good news for Mike Zimmer’s stress level, but there are still enough questions at quarterback that lead to the Steelers having the edge in this matchup.

  • Week 14 schedule prediction: Steelers 17, Vikings 10

Week 15 – vs. Tennessee Titans

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Dec. 191:00 PMCBS

Tennessee’s defense should be a lot better than what we saw in 2020 and Bud Dupree will play a critical role in that improvement. Both teams figure to run the ball a ton in this one, setting up play-action shots to create more excitement later in the game. The edge goes to Ryan Tannehill over Roethlisberger, but this should be a competitive matchup.

  • Week 15 schedule prediction: Titans 34, Steelers 27

Week 16 – @ Kansas City Chiefs

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Dec. 264:25 PMCBS

There will be plenty of moments in 2021 when Pittsburgh’s defense looks great, creating turnovers and getting to the quarterback. Against Patrick Mahomes and a vastly improved offensive line, that won’t be the case. This could be one of those matchups that is decided by halftime, with the Steelers only making it look closer than it was at the end.

  • Week 16 schedule prediction: Chiefs 41, Steelers 31

Week 17 – vs. Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule
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DateTimeTV
Monday, Jan. 38:15 PMESPN

Pittsburgh did its best to tread water this offseason, making the best of a difficult cap situation. As for the Browns, they might be the biggest winners of the NFL Draft and free agency. These two teams are headed in opposite directions and no one should be surprised by a two-game sweep in 2021.

  • Week 17 schedule prediction: Browns 34, Steelers 24

Week 18 – @ Baltimore Ravens

DateTimeTV
Sunday, Jan. 91:00 PMCBS

Related: NFL defense rankings – Panthers, Bills climb into top 10 before Week 3

Baltimore’s depth chart is simply superior to the Steelers’ roster in 2021. When you have nearly every advantage on offense and one of the NFL’s best defenses, that’s more than enough to get the job done at home. After getting swept by Pittsburgh last fall, Baltimore will get the brooms out in 2021.

  • Week 18 schedule prediction: Ravens 24, Steelers 13

Pittsburgh Steelers record projection: 9-8