Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Preview: They Could Control The AFC North, Again

Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin/Google Images

Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin/Google Images



Last season, the Steelers were not expected to be as productive, due to the four-game suspension of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. But after making the Super Bowl last season, the 2010 AFC North champions will not be slept on in 2011.



Thanks to their philosophy of tough, physical play and the leadership of head coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers perhaps are the only team in the NFL that the league and football fans don’t have to spend time wondering whether they’ll be competitive.



After locking down some of their defensive veterans (linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons signed long-term deals during the offseason), Pittsburgh is a superior squad compared to the majority of the teams in the NFL and after reviewing the team’s schedule, most of their opponents outside of the AFC North do not pose a major threat.



The Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks will have their work cut out for them at Heinz Field, but Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will return to the scene of the crime where they punished the Steelers on November 14.



On the road, the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers probably will make things interesting.



However, without quarterback Peyton Manning, the matchup in Lucas Oil Field against the Indianapolis Colts will be less interesting.



The Steelers will start the season with vengeance, as they need to bounce back from their inconsistent play that cost them to be defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.


The Rivalry/Google Images

The Rivalry/Google Images



The Baltimore Ravens are the only team that is capable of stopping the Steelers from winning the AFC North division and are one of the few teams legitimately in Steel City’s way to return to the Super Bowl.  Clearly, the Steelers have had the upper hand on the Ravens for the past few seasons, and majority of the NFL.


LaMarr Woodley/Google Images

LaMarr Woodley/Google Images



It’s probably safe to say that the Steelers will win the AFC North, again, and perhaps more.


Article via Bleacher Report

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