Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Offseason Vol. 1


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There is always something to talk about when it comes to the black-and-gold!

It’s Friday again, so it’s time for the six pack of questions. It seems as if Jeff and Dave come to a consensus in cutting to the chase…

This week, I, Dave, will be tasked with the questions up for discussion.

The rules are still the same…

Quick rundown of the ground rules.

  • I’ll ask at least four questions strictly related to the Steelers.
  • The rest of the questions could be about anything.
  • Be respectful.
  • Have fun talking about the Black-and-gold.

Procedural Note: Since the title feature has gone away, please feel free to leave your usual title as the first line of your response and even bold it if you can for the ease of others.

So here we go! With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to jump on in. Hopefully this party is exactly what you’re looking for on a Friday night. Here goes:

1. It’s not even a week since the Steelers were still in the mix of the 2020 NFL postseason. Will you be able to watch the NFL games this weekend knowing the Steelers are out or is it still too soon?

2. Okay, prediction time. Who wins the Divisional Round games this weekend?

BUF vs. BAL
GB vs. LAR
CLE vs. KC
NO vs. TB

3. Who will lead the Steelers’ huddle the first play of the 2021 regular season: Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph, or someone else?

4. The Steelers are now looking for a new offensive coordinator after Randy Fichtner was not brought back for next season. Do the Steelers promote from within, or should they look outside of the organization unlike the last time the position was open?

5. Which side of the ball do you think sees most number of NEW starters for the Steelers in 2021? Why?

6. You just won a jersey of any player from the 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers! Who is your choice?

Stay safe out there!

And it wouldn’t be a Friday night unless we said…

HERE WE GO STEELERS!

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Which Divisional Round matchup is the most intriguing to Steelers fans?


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With the Steelers offseason underway, is there any game this weekend Steelers fans want to see?

Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers are not playing this weekend. The sting of the loss is still painful, and there is likely to be a number of fans you may choose to not tune in to other NFL playoff action, at least for this week, since the Black & Gold are not involved. But for those who are taking in every football game they can before it is gone for the long offseason, there are some intriguing matchups in the four games in the Divisional Round.

So the question is, which game this weekend are you looking forward to the most?


Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers

Saturday 4:35 PM on FOX

Not many people picked the Rams to get past the Seahawks on Wild Card Weekend. With uncertainty at the quarterback position, they were not a safe bet. This week, it’s Jared Goff, bad thumb and all, right from the beginning. Can the Rams stellar defense contain a rested Green Bay Packers team? Will the Packers come out flat after the week off? Will either team take advantage?


Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills

Saturday at 8:15 PM on NBC

This game will likely be particularly difficult for Steelers fans when it gets time to kickoff. We all know this was the time slot they should be playing in, and I’ll just leave it at that. The Ravens and Bills should make for a very interesting matchup as they are two teams who have been known for defense in the past but have been in shootouts more recently. Weather could be a large factor in this game if it is actively snowing, but exactly who would benefit more will be determined Saturday night.


Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday 3:05 PM on CBS

The Kansas City Chiefs may be ripe for the picking if the correct team was matched up against them as their first playoff game. As dominant as many believe the Chiefs offense to be, they have not won a game by more than six points since Week 8 against the New York Jets. Add in the fact over the last 15 years when quarterbacks are rested the final week of the season and have a first round bye, they have a losing record. The only question is if the Browns are a team that can take advantage.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Sunday at 6:40 PM on FOX

This is the only game this weekend in which these teams have faced off during the regular season. Playing twice on the year, New Orleans got the best of Tampa Bay in Week 1 by 11 points, and had a complete beat-down in Week 9 in Tampa with a 35-point victory. Has Tom Brady & Co. learned from their losses in order to take down the Saints in New Orleans?


So there are the Divisional matchups this weekend. So which of these games are you looking forward to watching the most? Make sure you vote in the poll and give your thoughts in the comments below.

Odds for the Steelers’ starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2021 season


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If you were interested in placing a wager on the Steelers starting quarterback next season, the odds are available.

As I’ve learned over recent years, it’s possible to bet on almost anything. I no longer have to find a buddy willing to shake on it in order to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ when it comes to almost anything dealing with sports. Be it championships, draft picks, points scored, or almost any crazy thing you can think of, chances are you can find somewhere online to place a wager.

If you were looking to place a wager on who will be the Steelers starting quarterback come Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, the odds are already available at SportsBettingDime.com. Granted they don’t have the odds for every team as franchises who appear to have their quarterback set in stone such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and teams of that nature. But for 19 of the NFL’s 32 teams who either have an aging quarterback or uncertainty at the position, there are opportunities to place a wager on the team’s starter for Week 1 of 2021.

When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a quarterback who is about to turn 39 years old in the offseason, to say that there are questions going into next season would be accurate. Even after throwing for 500 yards in a playoff game, there are parts of Ben Roethlisberger‘s game where age has caught up to him. So although he is entering what would be his 18th season and his 17th as being the projected starter in Week 1, the coming weeks will tell more about Roethlisberger’s story in 2021.

Although there are many questions, Roethlisberger is still the odds-on favorite to start for the Steelers in 2021 at 4/7 odds. Roethlisberger is the only player for the Steelers with negative odds (meaning the payout would not double the original bet). If one were to wager $100 on Roethlisberger starting for the Steelers Week 1 of next season, the payout would be $150.14 with a profit less than the original wager.

What is interesting about the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback situation is they had the second most players listed with odds of being a starter next year with six different players. The only team with more quarterbacks listed than the Steelers was the New England Patriots who had 10 players with whom bettors could wager on being their starter for Week 1 of 2021.

As many would expect, the next best odds of being Steelers starter in Week 1 belong to Mason Rudolph at 5/2 odds. The same $100 bet placed on Rudolph to be the Steelers starter next year would earn a payout of $350 should it be the case.

Of the other names listed for the Steelers, one which hasn’t got any traction throughout much of Steelers Nation is Jimmy Garoppolo. While the Jets’ Sam Darnold has higher odds to be the Steelers’ starter next season than Garoppolo, at least his name has been mentioned in some circles when it comes to the Steelers in 2021.

It would be of note that one player missing from the list of possible starting quarterbacks in 2021 for the Pittsburgh Steelers is current third-string quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Here is the complete list of players and their odds of being the Steelers’ starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2021 season according to SportsBettingDime.com:

Pittsburgh Steelers

1. BEN ROETHLISBERGER: 4/7 (-175)
2. MASON RUDOLPH: 5/2 (+250)
3. SAM DARNOLD: 65/1 (+6500)
4. JIMMY GAROPPOLO: 75/1 (+7500)
5. DWAYNE HASKINS: 90/1 (+9000)
6. JAMEIS WINSTON: 150/1 (+15000)
7. FIELD: 28/1

*NOTE: Odds were determined prior to any coaching changes by the Steelers

Sam Darnold appears on four other teams lists as a possible starter for 2021 with his greatest odds being for the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos which were all higher than his odds to be with the Steelers. Jimmy Garoppolo appeared on two other lists other than the Steelers and was the top odds for both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots.

While many teams also included odds with quarterbacks who could be drafted in the 2021 NFL draft, the Steelers list did not include any of these quarterbacks as the 24th pick appears to be out of the running for the other players listed.

So who do you think will be the Steelers starting quarterback in 2021? Which option seems to be the most far-fetched? Make sure you vote in the poll and leave your comments below.