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The Steelers were the team that was going to try and just stay afloat until their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, came back after at least four weeks off due to his immature incident in the offseason.
We knew their defense would be tough, but we didn't know if it would be enough to carry the entire team. After three weeks, they've only given up 11 points a game against fairly formidable offenses.
On offense, an unproven backup quarterback, Dennis Dixon, was supposed to try and keep the team from completely falling apart until Roethlisberger came back. That barely lasted a game and a half until he went down to injury.
In came Charlie Batch, whose claim to fame is leading a mediocre Detroit Lions team for a few seasons. In his first start, Batch threw three touchdowns and led the Steelers to a 38-13 victory over the previously-unbeaten Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Currently, the Steelers appear to be on the short list of AFC teams that look Super Bowl-worthy.
Next week will be another big test when they face the Baltimore Ravens, who have underperformed up to this point. Taking a 4-0 record into their bye week in Week 5 will be a huge feat.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs, on the other hand, weren't expected to have anything better than a .500 season at the absolute best.
They've been pretty bad for a few years now, and no one saw them being any better this season.
Matt Cassel hasn't been spectacular; he had a 55.8 QB rating through the first two games. Their third-down conversions are horrible, and their defense isn't performing extraordinarily.
So why are the Chiefs playing so well? That's a question that can't be answered on paper.
They are rushing the ball fairly well with Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles carrying the load. But other than that, they aren't doing anything special.
The most important thing is that they are finding ways to win.
They kind of remind me of the New York Jets from a year ago minus the stellar defense. When looking at the Chiefs' remaining schedule, they could seriously win 11 games.
I only see five games they would potentially lose if they continue to play at their current level.
There's a lot of football left to play, but as it is now, the Steelers and the Chiefs stand atop the AFC.
Well, don't feel bad. I don't think there's anyone in his or her right mind that thought it would be the Steelers and the Chiefs.
Time will tell how these teams' seasons play out.
The Steelers have the most room to improvement and the most potential, because they still have their two-time Super Bowl champion and All-Pro quarterback coming back in the very near future.
The Chiefs still have a question mark by their unblemished record. But for now, they're sitting in a good spot.
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