NFL 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Season Win Handicapping Tip Total

The Pittsburgh Steelers did not suffer a Super Bowl defeat digression following their 31-25 loss to Green Bay in the 2011 contest. The team finished the 2011 regular season with a record of 12-4 and earned a playoff spot. The team got off to a very good start winning six of their first eight games. They were forced to play a wildcard road playoff game as the club failed to win the AFC north division last year as the team lost two divisional games to the Baltimore Ravens. They fell to Denver in the playoffs in overtime.

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The total number of wins projected for the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers for the regular season has been set at 10 ½ wins with the under heavily favored at -165 odds with the return on the over 10 ½ wins returning +135 odds. The lines used for the Steelers win total came courtesy of Bovada sportsbook.

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Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed over 63% of his passes during the 2011 season for over 4000 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Roethlisberger once again in 2011 was protected poorly by the Steeler offensive line as the signal caller was sacked 42 times ranking 23rd in the NFL. Pittsburgh addressed their offensive line concerns by drafting offensive guard David DeCastro with their first round draft pick out of Stanford and in the second round the club picked up offensive tackle Mike Adams from Ohio St. Roethlisberger will have a new offensive coordinator in 2012 as former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley assumes the duties for Pittsburgh. Longtime offensive coordinator Bruce Arians left the club. Haley served as the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator in their Super Bowl appearance and was later hired as head coach of Kansas City. The Steelers defense last year was solid again as the club gave up 282 yards per game with only 180 yards coming via the air. They were number one in the league in points allowed as the club gave up just 14.2 points a game. The Steelers offense produced just 20 points per game ranking 21st in the league which was heavily impacted by a poor field goal kicking performance which cost Jeff Reed his job as placekicker with the Steelers. Getting to 11 wins in 2012 is attainable for Pittsburgh with the improvements to their offensive line so play the over at online sportsbooks.