AFC North: Equal Playing Field

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) walks off the field after a loss against the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) walks off the field after a loss against the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers on the other hand, have one of the highest ratios to win the super bowl. As a fan, it’s incredible that the Steelers have one of the highest ratios to win the super bowl but the Bengals won the division last year, have the longest playoff streak in the north, oh, and if it wasn’t for a few plays, Cincinnati would’ve won “The Meltdown at Paul Brown”. Where’s the respect?

However, as a analyst, the Steelers are overrated. As much as I respect the Steelers, we’re overlooking some important facts. Yes, Le’veon Bell is coming back, but he’s coming off of a serious injury. He’ll most likely be back to normal (I hope), but there is just no guarantee.

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Second, the loss of Martavis Bryant is going to really hurt. Yes, Sammie Coates is waiting for his shot, but he hasn’t had that much playing time and wide receiver is a hard position to play in the NFL. Bryant is one of the best WRs in the league and is a threat even without Antonio Brown. It’s going to be hard for Coates to put up that production.

Finally, can Big Ben or Le’veon Bell stay healthy? Without Big Ben, AB is seemingly mediocre given the fact that AB has never caught a touchdown pass from another quarterback. I ask this question because the offensive line is still a major problem in Pittsburgh along with their secondary. Outside of David Decastro and Maurkice Pouncy the line is an issue.

I’m not saying all of this to put a knock on Pittsburgh. The Steelers will most likely be very competitive despite these holes. It makes the rivalry better, but lets not jump the gun on Pit. They’re not Lebron James, they don’t just walk into the conference championship.

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