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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

A Titan Challenge


I can name at least three teams who can beat Pittsburgh -- two teams led by the Manning brothers and Philadelphia. How do I know? Because they already have. And I'll tell you two more who can beat them: Baltimore and Tennessee in the next two weeks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to play fantastic football because they have a tough quarterback, a monstrous defense and a really passionate and likable coach. They are in fact a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The ultimate weakness is on offense where there is little consistency. The offense has easily scored the fewest amount of points of any AFC division-leading team. Big Ben and Willie Parker are both capable of making big plays and suffering bigger injuries. That means the journey through the AFC playoffs will be led by the defense, which has given up the fewest amount of points in the league. James Harrison and Troy Polamalu are monsters and will be tough to beat at Heinz Field in January.

But Tennessee has proven itself as the best team in the AFC -- they are consistent, they are fundamentally strong, they have a dynamic running game and they are healthy. They will also most likely have home field, which would clearly beat playing a potential AFC Title game in the Pittsburgh elements. I believe the red-hot Colts are the second best team in the conference with Pittsburgh a close third and Baltimore a pretty close fourth. These three teams can all beat the Steelers anywhere and anytime. But Pittsburgh can sweep right through these teams as well. These Steelers have proven in recent history that they are capable of incredible wins and flat defeats.

In the end, the teams who can beat Pittsburgh already have beaten them or will play them in the next two weeks. The Steelers will not make it through to the end -- Tennessee will eliminate them in the AFC Championship.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  December 8, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  | Category:  Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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right now Pittsburgh holds the head to head against Baltimore for the simple fact that they have beaten them this season. Before you crown the Ravens as the best team in the AFC North look at their losses. You are using the Steelers losses against them to illustrate that the three teams that have beaten them are better, use the same measuring stick for the Ravens as well.

Posted by: Tim in Ohio | December 9, 2008 11:20 AM

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