Why are the Pittsburgh Steelers overshadowing the Baltimore Ravens?

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 25: Ben Roethlisberger
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 25: Ben Roethlisberger /

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of two undefeated teams in the AFC North, but it seems like they’re the only one people are concerned about.

Maybe it’s because we’re all Steelers’ fans and don’t pay much attention to the Baltimore Ravens outside of how much we dislike them, but doesn’t it seem like the only AFC North teams people are talking about are the Steelers and Bengals?

Luckily, Pittsburgh’s on the winning end of the conversation, and Cincinnati is just a hot topic because they like absolutely terrible. But what about the other undefeated team in the AFC North?

After two weeks, there are only ten unbeaten teams in the NFL, two being the Steelers and Ravens. It could be because it’s so early in the season, but with two impressive wins under their belt, it feels like there should be more talk about the Ravens than there is.

The expectations for Baltimore were not high coming into the season. So, maybe that’s why no one is paying attention to their 2-0 start. If people believe their fast start is nothing more than early luck and lack of competition, then it’s understandable to see why people aren’t talking.

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The Steelers haven’t impressed either, though. Yes, there’s much more hype surrounding Pittsburgh than Baltimore, but through two games, there’s a strong possibility it’s been lack of competition that’s kept them undefeated.

It isn’t like the Steelers and Ravens are too far off in stats. While Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the AFC in total passing offense with 488 yards and four touchdowns, Baltimore is 12th with 312 yards and three touchdowns.

In rushing yards, though, the Ravens are third in the AFC with 293 yards and two touchdowns, compared to Pittsburgh’s 137 yards and no scores, leaving them 14th in the conference.

On the defensive side of the ball, these two are neck and neck. The Steelers have racked up 125 tackles, nine sacks, and one interception. For the Ravens, they’ve combined for 107 tackles, eight sacks, and a remarkable eight interceptions.

There is slim to no separation between these teams, yet Pittsburgh is the only one considered a real threat in the AFC. Why? No one seems to know. Maybe it’s the talent the Steelers have on offense or the high hopes their defense brings this season.

The answer is unclear, but for some reason, the Steelers remain the only team worth talking about in the AFC North.

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Either way, in two weeks, when these two rivals square off in Baltimore, there’s going to be one team worth talking about when it’s over.

If all the hype is real, that team should be the Steelers.