Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown thinks that the team did well in beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean the work is done. For this team, the best football may still be in front of them.
“I think we still haven’t hit our stride,” Brown said in an interview posted by the team. “But to take a step in the right direction speaks a lot of volumes about our offense.”
Brown himself had just four catches for 34 yards in the 26-9 win over the Ravens. That’s a very quiet day for him – the previous week, he had 110 yards in the loss to the Chicago Bears – but the offense was really clicking with running back Le’Veon Bell. He put up 144 yards and scored twice, his best game of the year by a long shot. Brown was asked how that helped the rest of the unit.
“We know he gets going, it opens up the offense,” Brown said. “The run game and the pass game. Allowing us to be double dimension.”
With all that put together, the Steelers are firmly the leaders in the AFC North. The Cleveland Browns still have a lot of work to do and the Bengals just got their first win of the year – over the Browns. The Ravens are the biggest threat, and the Steelers made short work of them.
“It means awfully a lot,” Brown said. “It helps us secure first place in [the] division. It’s been five years since we actually won here, so I think everyone’s rejuvenated and excited about the win. It’s a big win and we’re excited to have it.”
There’s a lot of season left, but the Steelers’ trajectory already suggests they’ll make good on their playoff aspirations. If they can set that up without even playing their best football, they could be quite good by the time the postseason rolls around.
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