3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers may have been the class of the AFC North for the last decade, but it seems like their reign as the top team in the division has quickly gone the wrong direction. But no matter what, the rivalry with the Browns will always carry a lot of weight.
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The Steelers saw two of their best players, Bell and Antonio Brown, leave this off-season. However, one can make the argument the Steelers are better off because they do not have to deal with the distractions of those two players’ personalities anymore.
But Pittsburgh already has two solid replacements for those two offensive play-makers with Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner. So even with the departures, the Steelers should still be a competitive team in 2019.
This match-up may not be viewed as a rivalry anymore considering the Steelers have won the seven of the last eight games, with the one game they did not win being the tie from 2018. But with the young talent on the Browns’ roster, it will no longer be a walk in the park for the Steelers when they play Cleveland, potentially reigniting the rivalry.
With Ben Roethlisberger still under center for Pittsburgh, the Steelers are going to continue to draw attention across the country. At least one of these games should be in a primetime slot, and putting them in a CBS afternoon slot makes too much sense.