Why not? In Cincinnati, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, it boasted three teams that were playoff contenders in each of those seasons, with the Ravens winning the Super Bowl last season.
Two weeks into 2013, however, the entire division is at .500 or worse and oddsmakers don’t think that’s going to change a lot. All four teams are underdogs this weekend, including the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals at home.
It’s the first time since the Ravens moved to Baltimore in 1996 that they and the Steelers are both home underdogs in the same weekend,
In other words, it wouldn’t be surprising if the AFC North leader was 1-2 after this week.
At 0-2, the Steelers would need a win to get to that record.
And from what they’ve shown in the first two weeks, scoring 19 points, it might be a stretch for them to get there.
Obviously, what the Steelers have done thus far, hasn’t worked. That’s why you can look for the Steelers to try to do something a little different this week.
With tight end Heath Miller returning this week after missing the first two games while recovering from a torn ACL, the Steelers finally have all of the pieces available in their passing game.
And they intend to use them.
Look for the Steelers, who are 3-point underdogs, to spread the field with multiple receiver packages and Miller split wide as well.
With the running game producing just 75 yards in the first two games, the Steelers will try to move the ball with a short passing game instead.
And if the defense can limit Chicago’s multi-faceted attack and create a turnover or two – something it has not done yet this season – the Steelers will not only cover, they will win it outright.
Take Pittsburgh, 20-17