Five Bold Steelers Predictions For 2009

Bob MarleyCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2009

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13:  LaMarr Woodley #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands on the field during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on August 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers won 20-10.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Steelers have made very few changes on their roster this off season.  There will be some changes that will occur, some predictable, some unpredictable.  This is a prediction for what the Steelers will accomplish during the upcoming season.


No. Five-  Lawrence Timmons will sack the quarterback at least ten times this season.  During two starts and other limited action, Timmons had five sacks.  Imagine him as a full time starter with special plays made by Dick Lebeau just for him.


No. Four-  Lamarr Woodley will have more sacks this season than James Harrison.  Many teams will use an extra blocker on Harrisons side leaving Woodley to run free all day.


No. Three-  Hines Ward will catch ten touchdown passes this season.  History has shown that when Hines Ward comes back from an injury, he becomes better than ever.  He also will have teams playing double coverage on Santonio Holmes, giving him one-on-one. 


No. Two-  The Steelers will Sweep the AFC West this season.  Easily defeating Oakland, Denver, and Kansas City, while winning a hard fought game against San Diego.


No. One-  Ben Roethlisberger will have a career year throwing the ball.  Ben will be motivated due to the court case finishing up just like the Patriots and the Spygate scandal.  Be prepared for Ben Roethlisberger to improve his 2007 passing numbers.