NFL Winners and Losers: Are the 5-0 Steelers quietly the NFL's best team?

NFL Winners and Losers: Are the 5-0 Steelers quietly the NFL's best team?

Sunday was supposed to be a referendum on the Cleveland Browns. If they could beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, their hot start this season would have been validated. Maybe the Steelers were the team everyone should have been paying attention to. There were four undefeated NFL teams heading into Week 6: Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh. It’s rare for the Steelers to fly under the radar, but they hadn’t gotten an inordinate amount of attention for their undefeated start. They have stars on offense and a defense that was the best in the NFL this season. Yet, other teams got way more attention. The Steelers should get respect after Sunday. No matter which joke you want to make about the Browns being the Browns, they were 4-1 coming into Sunday’s game. And the Steelers absolutely obliterated them, winning 38-7. Minkah Fitzpatrick had an early pick-six and the rout was on after that. The Steelers are 5-0 for the first time since 1978. That team won a Super Bowl and was one of the best in NFL history. The main reason the Steelers hadn’t gotten a ton of buzz is they hadn’t beat anyone good. They took care of the schedule they had played — it wasn’t their fault a great matchup against Tennessee got pushed back because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Titans — but beating a hot Browns team is more evidence the Steelers should be mentioned in any Super Bowl contenders conversation. The offense has ...
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