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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2011 NFL Season
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The last image many Steeler fans have of their beloved black and gold on the gridiron is of Aaron Rodgers torching the defense for 304 passing yards and three touchdowns. Unless of course you count filming for the upcoming blockbuster film ,The Dark Knight Rises, last Saturday. Hopefully, the Steelers had more success on Gotham's field than they did in Dallas last February.

Mike Tomlin will try to lead his team back to the Super Bowl for the third time in his short tenure. He will be looking to cap off the 2011 campaign without an anti-climatic ending. The pieces are still in place, and the stars are aligned to make another run through the AFC.

It will not be easy with a lot of ruckus coming out of the AFC East. Obviously, Peyton Manning will also hope his neck keeps his head on his shoulders as he looks to emerge back to the promise land. The AFC also features a lot of intriguing young teams, such as the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns, who hope their 2011 season will play out like a movie.

If the Steelers return to the Super Bowl, certain players will have to overachieve, and the ball will have to bounce their way more times than not. Here are five bold predictions for the already contending Pittsburgh Steelers.

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