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NFL Season Preview: #1 Pittsburgh Steelers

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Overview: With a 12-4 record through the regular season, the Steelers ran through the playoffs, and all the way to a Super Bowl victory. Despite various injuries to QB Ben Roethlisberger, RBs Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker, and WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh went all the way for the second time in the past five years.

Offseason Moves: The Steelers didn’t have many moves to make, especially coming off a Super Bowl winning season. In the draft, Pittsburgh selected Missouri DE Ziggy Hood in the first round. Through free agency, the Steelers signed WR Shaun McDonald, and CB Keiwan Ratliff. Although, Pittsburgh did lose CB Bryant McFadden, and G Kendall Simmons to free agency.

Upcoming Season: Nothing much should change for the Steelers. The pieces are still all the same. QB Ben Roethlisberger will be consistent throwing the ball to WRs Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes. RB Willie Parker should rebound from a couple of injuries, and carry the load for Pittsburgh. The Steeler’s defense is still one of the best in the NFL, and is led by S Troy Polamalu.

Rashard MendenhallPlayer to watch: RB Rashard Mendenhall is coming off a rookie season in which he only played in four games due to injury. There were high expectations for the former Illinois running back, and Mendenhall should be ready to help RB Willie Parker out in the backfield. Look for Mendenhall to be a threat as a receiver out of the backfield all season for Pittsburgh.

Prediction: 13-3, 1st in AFC North

The Steelers are one of the best, if not the best, teams in football. Not to mention, they get to beat up on Cleveland and Cincinnati twice a year. Look for Pittsburgh to prove that they are still the class of the AFC.