How Will Free Agency Affect the Steelers Playoff Chances

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Key Takeaways:

  • The Steelers and QB Russell Wilson agreed to terms on a 1-year deal
  • The Steelers agree to a 3-year deal with LB Patrick Queen
  • The Steelers have an 8.3% chance to win the AFC North in 2024
  • The Steelers lost to the Bills in the first round of the 2023 NFL Playoffs

George Pickens scores a touchdown

The Steelers finished the regular season 10-7, mastering the art of winning ugly. Despite the winning the record, the Steelers have a net negative in points, leaving Steeler Nation far from satisfied.

The team wasted no time making an effort to improve the team for the 2024 season.

The biggest name of note is former Broncos and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Wilson and the Broncos were at odds after being benched at the end of 2023. Now Wilson and the Steelers are hoping to get back to their playoff winning potential.

To improve on an already stout defense, the Steelers are adding former Ravens star LB Patrick Queen. Queen is coming off of his best season yet, and his presence will make for an immediate impact for the Steelers defense.

After 5 seasons, the Steelers are parting ways with WR Diontae Johnson. The Steelers have agreed to send the WR to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for CB Donte Jackson and a pick swap. Johnson was the longest tenured player on the Steelers offense.

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What are the Steelers Playoff Chances?

Odds on teams to make the playoffs are not widely available yet. Here is what we know so far:

πŸ’ͺ Steelers Playoff ChancesN/A
❌ Steelers Miss PlayoffsN/A
πŸ† Steelers Win Super Bowl1.3% Chance (+7500)
πŸ”₯ Steelers Win AFC North8.3% Chance (+1100)
βœ… Data Verified by ExpertApril 17, 2024

Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook PA - odds are subject to change

I'll be looking at the New York Times Postseason Simulator and the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) value during the season for further indications on where the Steelers stand.

Only 11 teams currently have longer odds to win the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule and Betting Lines

The 2024 NFL schedule is set to be released in May. Although the dates are unknown, we do know who the Steelers will be playing in 2024:

Home:

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets

Away:

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Denver Broncos
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Commanders

Steelers Playoff Picture: Key Updates April 2024

The offseason is off to a hot start - and nobody is making a bigger splash than the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

In an attempt bring the Steelers back to playoffs, the team has made various moves already:

  • πŸ“… March 12: Steelers agree to 3-year, $41M deal with LB Patrick Queen
  • πŸ“… March 12: Steelers agree to trade WR Diontae Johnson and 7th round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for CB Donte Jackson and a 6th round pick
  • πŸ“… March 10: Broncos QB Russell Wilson agrees to sign with the Steelers
  • πŸ“… March 8: The Steelers released CB Patrick Peterson and WR Allen Robinson II

I will continue to update this page all offseason, so be sure to bookmark it and return to see all of the latest updates regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers playoff chances.

Key Contributors Toward Steelers Playoff Chances

T.J. Watt lead the NFL with 19 sacks on the season. Watt achieved this mark despite missing multiple games due to injury. He finished 2nd in voting for the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award.

George Pickens took a step forward in year 2 and was one of the few bright spots on the otherwise dull Steelers offense. 

Pickens hauled in 63 receptions for 1,1140 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Here are the current prop odds for some notable Steelers players in striking distance to win an award for the 2024 season:

πŸ†Defensive POY OddsT.J. Watt +700

Odds provided by DraftKings sportsbook PA - odds are subject to change

As the season gets closer to kick off, odds for more awards will become available.

Looking Ahead: Steelers Playoff Picture

Right now, every team is doing their best to put themselves in position to make the playoffs in 2024. After making the playoffs in 2023, the Steelers are utilizing free agency, trades, and soon to be the draft to not just make the playoffs, but make a run at the Super Bowl.

Where Can I Bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers to Make the Playoffs?

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Do the Steelers Have a Chance to Make the Playoffs?

Yes, the Steelers have a chance to make the playoffs in 2024. After making the playoffs in 2023, the Steelers look to do it again next season.

Are the Steelers Out of Playoffs?

No, the Steelers made the playoffs in 2023.

Where Do the Pittsburgh Steelers Rank in the AFC North?

The Steelers finished 3rd in the AFC North, but still managed to make the playoffs in 2023. 

According to BetMGM sportsbook PA, the Steelers have the longest odds to win the division at +1100.

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Where Do the Pittsburgh Steelers Rank in the AFC Standings?

The Steelers finished the regular season as the 7 seed in the AFC.

Where Do the Steelers Rank in the AFC Wild Card Race?

The Steelers secured a wild card spot.

Can the Steelers Get the No. 1 Seed?

No, the Steelers cannot get the No. 1 seed, AFC North foe Baltimore is the 1 seed.

Who to Root for if You're a Steelers Fan

Looking ahead to the 2024 season, the teams you want to root against are divisional opponents. That includes the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns.

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Steelers Postseason Outlook and Predictions

Just making the playoffs isn't enough to keep Steeler Nation satisfied. Making the post season in what felt like a humiliating 2023 season was something to hold heads high about. 

The 2024 season will largely come down to the play of newly acquired QB Russell Wilson. If he can get back to playing how he did in Seattle, the Steelers could make a serious run to the playoffs. 

Steelers Playoff & Super Bowl Odds 2024
πŸ† Odds to win SB LIX+7000
πŸ‘‘ Odds to win AFC+3500
⭐ Odds to win AFC North+1000
βœ… Date verified by expert
April 17, 2024

Odds provided by Caesars sportsbook PA - odds are subject to change.

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