AFC North Power Rankings Week Two

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Sep 7, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs over Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning (5) during the first half at Heinz Field. Brown was flagged on the play. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers looked great for about a half in week one as their offense drove down the field in a balanced attack, and their defense held against the Browns.  Then, all heck broke loose as the Browns transitioned to a no huddle and mounted a comeback that almost resulted in a win.

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Those defensive struggles carried over to week two, when they had a tough time slowing down the Raven’s methodical attack. The Steeler’s secondary had a tough time covering the middle of the field, and they just couldn’t stop the run either.  The Ravens killed them with short passes and handoffs that ate up yards and big chunks of clock as well.

The Steelers have big questions to answer before they can move up in the rankings and regain their past glory.  Aside from poor secondary play, they have to find a way to stop the run.  They have big playmakers on offense, but the D just isn’t giving them enough chances to score points.