The best offenses from 2022 the Steelers are set to face in 2023
After taking a look at some of the best offensive and defensive players at their positions in 2022 who the Steelers are scheduled to face in 2023, it’s time to finish up with the best offensive and defensive ranks as a team. Before moving on, here are all the groups who have been covered so far:
After looking at the defense yesterday, today it’s time to check out teams who ranked at the top in the NFL in offense for 2022 who are on the Steelers schedule for 2023. It should be noted that the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Begals each only played 16 games last season due to their game being canceled.For this reason, it is the per-game numbers which will be used to figure out ranking. The two categories for offensive rank will be yardage gained and points scored. Teams who finished in the top 10 in either category will be listed as well as their place in the other category even if it isn’t in the top 10.
Of course there have been a number of departures and arrivals for each offense the Steelers will face this season. Some of the key player movements will be noted in each description. Of the teams who appear in the top 10 in one of the two categories, the Steelers are only set to face four them this season.
San Francisco 49ers (5th yardage, 6th points)
When it comes to looking at the 2022 rankings, both the best defense and offense the Steelers face comes in their Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Even though the Niners lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo,he was not their first option at the position last year. The 49ers also lost starting tackle Mike McGlinchey, but their other offensive pieces are still intact. While the 2023 versions of the teams the Steelers face this season will evolve throughout the year, their first game of the season is their toughest matchup when looking at the 2022 numbers.
Cincinnati Bengals (6th yardage, 7th points)
Week 12, Week 16
After facing Joe Burrow twice a season in the last two years, the Steelers know that the Cincinnati Bengals offense is one to be reckoned with. With their biggest losses coming on defense, Cincinnati’s biggest loss on offense was likely tight end Hayden Hurst. But the Bengals signed Irv Smith as well. The biggest addition to the offense was offensive tackle Orlando Brown to help sure up their line. But if anyone knows what they’re facing when it comes to the Bengals offense, it is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Seattle Seahawks (9th points, 13th yardage)
Not expected to be a premier offense in 2022, the Seattle Seahawks took many by surprise as Geno Smith had a career year at quarterback. The Seahawks did see a switch at center due to the retirement of Austin Blythe, and there was some shifting at the reserve running back position. The big question with the Seahawks offense is cantheyI duplicate what they did in 2022. And with the Steelers trip to Seattle not coming until January, it will be more about their 2023 offensive production.
Jacksonville Jaguars (10th points, 10th yardage)
Although the huge jump in the Jacksonville Jaguars offense is important for the Steelers when they face them in Week 8, the huge jump in production from second year quarterback Trevor Lawrence last season is something Steelers fans are looking for in Kenny Pickett. Jacksonville went from being the 32nd team in the NFL in points scored in 2021 with 14.9 per game up to 10th in the league with 23.8 points per game. The Jaguars also jumped from 27th to 10th in offensive yards per game with more than 50 yards more per contest. The biggest losses on offense was in tackle Jawaan Taylor and wide receiver Marvin Jones, but the return of Calvin Ridley from his year-long suspension should be beneficial. So while the Jaguars now possess their best offense the Steelers have seen in years, they are also a case study for the Steelers improvement in 2023 even if it’s only a portion of the jump the Jaguars made.