Pittsburgh Steelers: The most powerful team in the AFC

EricContributor ISeptember 10, 2008

With the Patriots losing Tom Brady to a knee injury, the Steelers now seem to be the most powerful team in the AFC. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, a deeper running game than they did when they won the Superbowl, and a great lineup of receivers. There is a lot of hype surrounding Limas Sweed as the big man in the red zone, but two of the biggest names are Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.

I don't think very many people expected Santonio Holmes to come up the way he did for the Steelers. The only thing that may hurt the Steelers this season is how the Offensive line plays. Luckily Ben is a mobile quarterback and can throw on the move. Moving on to defense, the Steelers have arguably the best linebacker corps in the NFL. James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and Lawrence Timmons are three names that people outside of Pittsburgh have probably never heard before, but could be one of the most feared linebacker combinations in the league.

The Steelers are a team that plays hard smash-mouth football, and I don't see them being stopped this season. They can get you with their run game, or throw a deep pass to Santonio Holmes. Remember where you heard it first. Harrison, Woodley, and  Timmons will soon be household names when it comes to linebackers.