Whether you saw the Pittsburgh Steelers live from Heinz Field thanks to ScoreBig.com, or if you just watched them play from the comfort of your couch, there was a lot to appreciate about their 2014 season. An 11-5 record, a top spot in the ultra-competitive AFC North, and career years from multiple offensive players. Still, that 30-17 opening round playoff loss to archrival Baltimore stings. Taking the good with the bittersweet, here are some Lessons to take away from the season.
1. Antonio Brown has given Roethlisberger’s career new life
Roethlisberger has never had a bad season, and with two Super Bowl rings he’s a pretty clear-cut Hall of Famer already. But, for a few seasons, it seemed like Big Ben had slipped out of the top tier of NFL QBs. He was still very good, just not as elite as he once was. That changed in a great way in 2014. Thanks to a breakout season from wide receiver Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger had the best season of his career at 32. In his first ten seasons he had only broken the 4000-yard mark thrice and the 30-TD mark once. He finished 2014 with nearly 5000 yards and 32 scores.
2. LeVeon Bell is a keeper
Bell had an okay season in his rookie year, but one that didn’t quite live up to the hope considering the Steelers’ then-weakness at the position and Bell’s high draft status. He had a breakout year in 2014, topping the 1000 yard mark and winning Most Improved Player of the Year in 2014.
3. Every game matters. Every game.
The Steelers went 11-5 and won the AFC North, so at first glance it’s hard to be disappointed in that record. But you maybe should be. Two of Pittsburgh’s losses came to the 4-12 Jets and 2-14 Buccaneers. If they take care of business in those eminently winnable contests, they’re 13-3 and have a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. If they have that bye LeVeon Bell probably plays for them in the Divisional Round. The AFC is too competitive to expect to win 3 games (two on the road) in order to make the Super Bowl, as their 30-17 loss to Baltimore proved.
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