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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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No Favorite in the AFC


I've seen the Steelers first-hand several times this season.

I was at Heinz Field for their dramatic comeback win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

I think they're a good team, possibly even the AFC's best team. You can't help but really like their defense. James Harrison very well could end up being the defensive player of the year. Every time you turn around, it seems, he's sacking the quarterback and forcing a fumble.

But it's difficult to trust that offense. Ben Roethlisberger isn't having the best of seasons at quarterback. The offensive line remains shaky. Willie Parker is in and out of the lineup at tailback. The wide receivers disappear from games for long stretches.

Is it possible that the Steelers will reach the Super Bowl?

Sure, it is. The AFC is wide open.

Does that mean that I think they're the best team in the AFC right now, in terms of current level of play?

Nope. Actually, I'll take the Colts.

Right now, put the names of the Colts, Steelers and Titans in a hat and pick one. Any of the three can make a case for being the AFC's top team at the moment. The Titans have the best record. The Steelers are potentially the most balanced team, when Roethlisberger and Parker are playing up to their usual standards. The Colts are the hottest club. The Ravens aren't far behind, and someone is going to win the AFC East. The Steelers have as good a chance as anyone else to reach the Super Bowl, but let's not get carried away and label them anything resembling a heavy favorite.

By Mark Maske  |  December 8, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Check back to that game earlier between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, 10-13?
Yep Ravens can win unless the pass rush doesn't get to the QB, then their weakness..the defensive backs is exposed.
Manning ate them up...but no one else has.
The Ravens have gotten better, the Steelers are banged up.
Admittedly Ravens Stadium is a home away from home for the Steelers but do not underestimate Baltimore.

Posted by: Ed Lulie | December 8, 2008 8:55 PM

Ed, thought you'd like to know that the Steelers haven't beaten the Ravens in Baltimore since 2003.

Posted by: geo | December 9, 2008 10:29 AM

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