Point-Counterpoint: Are the Steelers the best team in the AFC?

Have you seen, like, every other NFL team? 

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
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The Steelers begin the homestretch of their 2017 season tonight against the Tennessee Titans and, if you’ve spoken to any of your Pittsburgh sports pals about the local team this season, you know that the Steelers are either legit Super Bowl contenders or they are … an overrated trash team who should fire everyone.

So which is it? Let’s break it all down the best way to argue anything, with short paragraphs of writing, offset with bolded headlines and large photographs. To the format!

Point: The Steelers have a lot of flaws.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
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Boy, do they. The offense is painfully inconsistent and not all that explosive anymore despite being loaded with talent. The defense, while much improved, is young and unproven to the point that it can’t yet be relied upon to carry a team through the playoffs … and it suffered a big blow to the patchwork secondary last week when Joe Haden fractured his leg. And, perhaps above all, the Steelers still are prone to play down to inferior opponents, meaning another bad loss (or two) probably hangs out there — which will doom their chances for home field through the AFC playoffs.

Counterpoint: Have you seen, like, every other NFL team?

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
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Hey, maybe don’t only watch the Steelers for once, fella/fellette. Every team in the league has major issues, and most (all?) have issues bigger than what the Steelers face. Where do you want to start? The Jaguars? The team tied for first in the AFC South? Yes, they beat the Steelers earlier this year, but they’re quarterbacked by Blake Bortles. And their head coach is a man who felt it wise to have BLAKE BORTLES throw the ball *51* times last Sunday. I’ll take the Steelers over a Blake Bortles-led team in the playoffs.

The Eagles? The team with the best record in the NFL? They have beaten absolutely no one so far thanks to a weak schedule. They also have a horrific secondary. (Editor’s note: Their safeties are good, and they get corner Ronald Darby back this week. Alas … )

The Patriots? The reigning Super Bowl champs? They continue to have major issues on the defensive side of the ball, Rob Gronkowski appears to be on the decline, and Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks have failed to produce any chemistry. Yes, the Steelers look bad from time to time, but 31 other NFL teams usually look worse. This 7-2 start is the best of Mike Tomlin’s time in Pittsburgh.

Stop complaining, jerkface.

Point: The Steelers can’t win a Super Bowl with this Ben Roethlisberger.