Questions on the south side of 2021: Can the Steelers defy the odds and win the playoff game?

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 season is underway and they are hoping for a better result compared to last season. After starting 11-0, they finished the year 1-4 in the regular season, then lost in the Wildcard Round to the Cleveland Browns, on fire with a 0-28 first quarter.

They’ve lost a slew of key players in the offseason, like Maurkice Pouncey, Bud Dupree, Alejandro Villanueva, David DeCastro, Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson, but they’ve also made some big additions over the months including Trai Turner, Melvin Ingram, Joe Schobert and Ahkello Witherspoon. They also added Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth, Kendrick Green, and Dan Moore Jr., all of whom are starting out.

There isn’t much left to do but play the games at this point. Even if they play them badly. However, they still have a lot to discover, such as what Matt Canada’s offense will look like in any given week, or how the new secondary and offensive line will play.

These are the kinds of questions among many that we explore on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a lifelong hobby and there is always a question to be asked. There is rarely a concrete answer, but this is your place to explore the topics we present through all their uncertainty.

Question: Can the Steelers defy the odds and win a playoff game?

Like it or not, the Steelers are officially in the playoffs – and trust me, there are a number of Steelers fans who would have preferred to see them not make it. But no matter what one thinks has been in the long term best interests of the organization, the simple fact is that they are in the tournament now.

And they are the seventh seed. They will play against the Kansas City Chiefs again in Kansas City after facing them a few weeks ago. And the Chiefs didn’t even have Travis Kelce for that game, as Tyreek Hill wasn’t much of a factor.

They lost 36-10, one of their worst losses of the season. They open up as underdogs with almost two touchdowns, but they play in the game which means they have a chance of winning the game. Hey, it’s not like they haven’t lost playoff games in which they are clearly the favorites.

One thing that would help would be getting Kevin Dotson and Dan Moore Jr. back on the offensive line and keeping Kendrick Green on the bench. Healthy running back Najee Harris’s arm would also be a welcome touch. And please, no one is blowing on TJ Watt.

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