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Cincinnati Bengals: 4 reasons the AFC North will be the best in the NFL

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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 31: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after 20 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 31: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after 20 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

I wouldn’t be too quick to close the books on the Steelers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to finally have some sanity restored to a locker room now absent Le’Veon Bell and super diva Antonio Brown.

The Steelers are, and until someone knocks them out, the Gold Standard in the AFC North. While optimism is absolutely exploding in Cleveland and Baltimore, Pittsburgh is quietly reloading for another deep run in the division and as a playoff contender.

Roethlisberger still has the goods. Despite his tenure as the best quarterback in the division, he’s still the best at his position in the AFC North. The Steelers, who despite over the top dysfunction, managed to be a near playoff team and are in a position to finally do just that.

The youth movement in the division is hard to ignore, especially where quarterbacks are involved. But the Steelers still have the experience to beat the likes of Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. That’s important to remember when noting the strength of the North.

Roethlisberger isn’t going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. With the talent of a JuJu Smith-Schuster replacing AB, hopes are legitimately high for the Steelers. He’s the future in Pittsburgh and another sign that the youth of the division is what makes the AFC North the envy of everyone else.

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