The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a tough defeat at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders, losing 26-17 while losing a handful of starters to injuries. It was an especially tough blow to take after the team went to Buffalo and upset the Bills in Week 1.
But after two weeks, the Steelers are probably where most people expected them to be, and a quick look around the AFC North shows the rest of the division in similar straits. All four teams are tied at 1-1 after two weeks of play, with the Baltimore Ravens upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns beating the Houston Texans on Sunday, while the Cincinnati Bengals dropped a winnable game to the Chicago Bears.
Three of the four teams have experienced at least unexpected outcome so far, as well. The Bengals were home underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 before winnings. The Steelers upset the Bills and then were upset by the Raiders. The Ravens were also beaten by Las Vegas as favorites before knocking off the Chiefs.
So, what to make of an up-and-down start around the division? Call it a mulligan. It’s a 15-game schedule from here and everyone is starting even.
News and notes from around the Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football League.
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🏈 2020 Seven sacks lifted the Steelers over the Denver Broncos, 26-21. Saunders
🏈 1970 The Steelers played their first game at Three Rivers Stadium, a 19-7 loss to the Houston Oilers.
It was also the first game between the franchises, following the AFL-NFL merger, with the Steelers joining the AFC along with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.
🏈 1933 The Steelers played their first game in franchise history, losing 23-2 to the New York Giants at Forbes Field.
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