Finally, they bought in Doug Easlick, fullback, from San Fancisco.

The week four bye could play a critical role in the Steelers season. You’ll see how heavy it is right out of the game.

Week 1: Miami Dolphins

Week 2: @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 3: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: @San Diego Chargers

Week 6: Kansas City Chiefs

Week 7: @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 8: @ Oakland Raiders

Week 9: Denver Broncos

Week 10: New Orleans Saints

Week 11: @ Cleveland Browns

Week 12: @ Baltimore Ravens

Week 13: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 14: Cleveland Browns

Week 15: @ Carolina Panthers

Week 16: Baltimore Ravens

Week 17: @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super bowl last seasonalbeit among much controversy. Their passing game is somewhat suspect as well. They also lost Chris Hope (DB) to the Tennessee Titans and Kimo von Oelhoffen (DE) to the New York Jets. He went to the Washington Redskins. That could be huge for the Steelers, because their first few weeks of the season is filled with tough games. They brought in Rodney Bailey (DE) from Seattle to replace Oelhoffen. To replace Hope, they brought in Ryan Black from Washington. They were 5th in rushing last season. While he’s expected to be back soon, he will miss at least the first two weeks of the season. The Steelers are potentially without that ability this season. The Steelers have a moderate schedule and could win 10 games this season.

Last season they finished 11-6 and got to the Super Bowl thanks to an inept Indianapolis Colts team that just didn’t want to win the game even when it was handed to them. Their star quarterback, Big Ben, has just underwent an emergency surgery. That number could drop a little now that Bettis is gone. Here’s the Steelers schedule for 2006. The Steelers will need their defense to overplay and rise to the occasion if they want to see the playoffs again.

. However, they could open the season 0-3, because of injuries and missing pieces. Over the offseason Jerome “The Bus” Bettis retired. If Big Ben has to miss more time, he might only miss three games since he has the early bye week to use. Can they repeat this performance? The signs currently point to not likely. He leaves a hole in the Steelers running game.

During the offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost a good receiver in Antwaan Randle El. Bettis was a battling ram that could move defensive lines forward by himself

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