Has the preseason raised your expectations for the 2023 Steelers?
The 2023 NFL Preseason is in the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their 3-0 finish was about as pristine as you could imagine, not that it matters, but it was the way they went about their business which certainly was notable.
You have these insane statistics with the starting offense, the defense harassing quarterbacks, and points being scored at a tremendous clip.
Like this stat line for Kenny Pickett throughout the preseason…
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 25, 2023
How can expectations not increase?
Well, according to most sportsbooks, they haven’t moved the future win number for the Steelers. They still have the win total set at 8.5. Steelers fans will look at the schedule and see this as easy money, but can preseason success somehow change your perception/expectation for the upcoming season?
Again, you can take the success in the exhibition season and absolutely look at the Steelers are brimming with potential on both sides of the football. However, until they validate the preseason success with wins in the regular season, it means nothing.
This is likely the reason why many sportsbooks haven’t budged on the Steelers’ OVER/UNDER win total for the 2023 season. Then again, those numbers are created not as predictions, but with the intention of moving money. If they feel setting the line at 8.5 wins will move money on the Steelers, which it likely has, then they’ve done their jobs.
But when you look at the success the Steelers have had in the preseason, does it alter your expectations for the 2023 season? Do you now look at the upcoming slate of games with a different view? We all learned a lot during the preseason, but was it enough?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the regular season at Acrisure Stadium.