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The Steelers have stunned everyone but themselves with their 3-0 start with wins over the Falcons, Titans and Buccaneers. Sunday the defense once again laid a knockout on Josh Freeman and the Bucs, but it was also the play of 35-year-old Charlie Batch that turned heads as he threw for three TDs in the win.
In a conference where it seems there's a ton of parody, the Steelers seem to be the shining light so far among teams that are trying to find themselves. The defense, which had to hear all offseason about giving up late leads and not being able to lay the knockout blows, is playing with a chip on its shoulder, and the offense is a week away from getting franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger back from suspension.
One more week without Roethlisberger, and it's a huge game against the Ravens at home. Baltimore is having issues of its own, and the Steelers appear to have the edge on their homefield. Even if they lose, they get out of the four week stretch without Ben at 3-1, which is solid considering some felt they would go 1-3 or even 0-4 without Roethlisberger.
How good is this team with its franchise QB coming back? How 'bout downright scary. They have the best defense in the NFL, and with Roethlisberger getting his feet wet and then getting the offense back to full strength, it appears the Steelers could very well be the best team in the conference.
Sure there are always injuries and overconfidence to get in the way, but if they play the next 13 weeks of the regular season the way they have played the first three, this black and gold team could be the best in the NFL come the time they are hoisting the Lombardi trophy in February.
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