Two straight eight-win seasons is unacceptable in Pittsburgh, and the pressure is mounting for Tomlin and Kevin Colbert to get the Steelers back to the playoffs.
As a result, the Steelers made some significant changes in the offseason. Offensively, they added the talent to take a balanced approach on offense while working out of the no-huddle, while youth and speed were incorporated into the defensive lineup.
Behind Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers will look to take advantage of a relatively weak schedule over the first seven games of the season, when they will face only one team with a winning record in 2013, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As easy as it looks on paper, last year the Steelers showed how easy it is to lose winnable games as they had a four-game losing streak to start the season.
Pittsburgh is a team in transition, but it's also one that not only can challenge for a playoff spot but also a division title. Will 2014 finally be the year that the Steelers make it back to the playoffs, or will they miss the postseason for the third straight year?
Here is a prediction for each game of the season.