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    Steelers dismiss talk that Browns should win AFC North

    LATROBE, Pa. Troy Polamalu still isn't practising because of a sore hamstring, Daniel Sepulveda is all but certain to miss the season with a knee injury and Casey Hampton's weight training isn't nearly over.

    Not much of a first week of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was it?

    Then comes this: The Steelers have averaged more than 10 wins per season since Heinz Field opened in 2001, yet they keep hearing how the Cleveland Browns - who have beaten them only twice since the 1990s - are ready to overtake them in the AFC North.

    The Browns missed the playoffs last season despite owning the same record (10-6) as the Steelers, mostly because two of those six Cleveland defeats were to Pittsburgh. The Steelers won the season opener 34-7 in Cleveland and the rematch in Pittsburgh 31-28.

    No matter, the Browns are the chic pick in the division, now that they finally seem to have found a quarterback they can win with in Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn looks ready to take over if anything happens to Anderson.

    Even if recent history doesn't support that conjecture, given how the Steelers haven't lost to Cleveland in nearly five years. Only three Steelers players - Hines Ward, Deshea Townsend and Aaron Smith - were around when they lost to Cleveland in 1999 and 2000.

    No doubt the Steelers need a whole lot of convincing before they're ready to concede the Browns should win the AFC North, considering Cleveland hasn't won a division championship since 1989, when former Steelers coach Chuck Noll still was two years away from retirement.

    "Any team can look good on paper. You can't really worry about that," said Hampton, who remained on the sidelines Saturday because of weight problems that have sidelined him since camp began last Sunday.

    The Steelers never have much trouble getting motivated to play the Browns, despite their recent domination of them, and several players said all this Browns-are-the favourites talk adds incentive that's really not needed.

    "We like being the underdog. When you're the underdog, you've got something to prove," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "We're happy where we're at; we're happy with our team."

    Pittsburgh goes into the season after being one-and-done during its fifth playoff appearance in seven seasons, losing to Jacksonville not only in its final regular-season home game but also in a wild-card playoff matchup. The Steelers had never lost twice at home to a team in a single season, and they appear to be deriving more incentive from that than they are from the speculation Cleveland is better than they are.

    "For me, I don't want anything less than a Super Bowl," wide receiver Hines Ward said of all the who's-better chatter. "Anything less than a Super Bowl is a bad year."

    Defensive end Aaron Smith laughed at the suggestion the Browns' ascension coincides with a decline in the Steelers, an aging team on defence.

    "Predictions don't mean anything, until you line them up," he said.

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    Its all just talk untill the browns show the can beat the Steelers. Untill then say what they want

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    Re: Steelers dismiss talk that Browns should win AFC North

    Quote Originally Posted by fordfixer
    Its all just talk untill the browns show the can beat the Steelers. Untill them say what they want
    Yes!! Now that they are expect to be the man, can they beat the man??? I have my doubts.

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    THE BROWNS SUCK!!!!
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    Why is it the Steelers are never the chik pick? For the last few years, even the year after the Steelers won the super bowl, it's been Ravens, Bengals, Browns. The Ravens defense can carry them to a division title, The Bengals offense is second only to indy, Now, it's the browns offense, but none of them have a complete team. And that's the reason they can't win the division, let alone the super bowl. For as good as the Bengals and Browns offense is, both of their defensive units blow chunks, and pretty much visa versa for the Ratturds. Year in and year out, some talking head is telling us why a team other than the Steelers is going to win the division, and year in and year out, well, you know what happens.

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    I've said it since the offseason began. The Browns offense, especially Derek Anderson is going to take a big step back this year. DA was a unknown commodity so D coordinators really didn't know how to defend him. Not there is a year of tape on the guy and I don't see DA being able to take his game to the next level.

    He had a (and I can't remember his stats off the top of my head) but he had a high number of ints and a low completion percent. He had a great WR and a good receiving TE that bailed him out on a lot of long completions down field.

    Not to mention the great line in front of him. Don't forget the pressure of having a 1st rd pick sitting behind him.

    Takes a BIG step back.

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    Re: Steelers dismiss talk that Browns should win AFC North

    Did you know that the AFC North is the home to the top 2 passers in Pac 10 history? Carson Palmer w/USC & DA w/Oregon St.

    Neither of those schmucks are the best QB in their own division.

    I would rather have the Steelers be the underdog. They play much better that way!!!

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    Re: Steelers dismiss talk that Browns should win AFC North

    Quote Originally Posted by proudpittsburgher
    Why is it the Steelers are never the chic pick?
    It's never so chic as when you win the division. The hype always goes with the underdogs. Then, when the under is separated from the dogs, it's the teams like the Steelers that are always on top when all is said and done.

    Always remember, and this is absolutely true because of the way the mentality is here in Cleveland, that the Clowns and their fans hope to win...the Steelers and their fans expect to win...big difference between the two!
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    Welp...it's a good thing games are not played on paper.
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    Re: Steelers dismiss talk that Browns should win AFC North

    I'm going to have to switch the quotes on the sig line before the start of the season. But, I will give the Planet Steeler Galaxy a sneak preview of what might be there:

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    There are two teams in the NFL...The Pittsburgh Steelers...and everyone else!

    The Pittsburgh Steelers Universe...we expect to win!

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