It does seem to be just the two of us, not the will smith song BTW! I agree wholeheartedly, the steelers will be better than last year. The offense has the looks of the best unit in franchise history. Ben isn't coming in week 4 with no practice time. He got the same prep time as everyone else. He's grown up a ton and BTW he did lead the league in yards per game last year after returning. The best receiving core Ben has ever had and the best rb Ben has ever had. The bus was a beast, but he had half the pressure in the tires when Ben played with him. This unit sets the team record for points per game unless Arians screws it up with his assinine predictable play calling at times.
The d is healthy, most importantly polamalu. They will perform as they have for the last 10+ years and deliver another top notch defensive effort.
The schedule is as soft as a marty schottenheimer playoff team! It's a relatively easy 12 win schedule. And it just got considerably easier with manning not being healthy. If there are no key injuries this is a sure fire 12 win team. There will be no superbowl hangover. We were hungover from celebrating the last two times, no such luck this time. We lost, and they're p*ssed off about it. The ravens will be the first to see to what degree. I'm glad we have the away game week one vs Baltimore. They changed a ton of players on offense. Their timing will be off. Their o line is almost totally different, good luck on the blocking adjustment calls. I see lots of sacks. Also look at their secondary. Good lord, if not for reed this would be an unmitigated disaster!! Neither corner has an NFL start and the other safety hasn't played much. If reed isn't superman bens going to have a big game. Add to that Ben has done an excellent job of not falling into reed's very well laid traps and I see the 1st game in a bit being decided by more than 7 points.
Trumpet and i look forward to your slings and arrows of our assessment...
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." Jack Lambert, 1990 HoF Introduction.