Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Things We Have Learned in the Preseason

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Things We Have Learned in the Preseason
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After sleepwalking in Washington and dominating the Eagles, many Steelers fans have shifted gears from prophecies of doom to visions of confetti in the space of a few days. Most loyalists realize that not everything in the preseason is as it appears, understanding that the utmost important facet of these exhibitions is to get better.

While the wins and losses may not officially count for a few weeks, the events that lead to those results are to be carefully examined. They can teach us a lot about the status of the team, including the current state of the Black and Gold relative to whether they can win the Super Bowl.

The NFL is an acronym for "No Freakin' Logic," and it is impossible to predict the little nuances that will affect the football landscape this fall. Yet, things look very promising in Pittsburgh, where a roster laden with talent showcased the pinnacle of its potential in a wonderful display in Thurday's Keystone Clash.

Two games are down, and there are only two fake games to go.

Fans will pay full price to go and watch these contests; hopefully, these full-paying patrons (the crime of the century) will be wise enough to look between the lines and beyond the scoreboard. Those pretend football contests will certainly offer some very real plays, and more things will be learned heading into an epic Week 1 clash against the Baltimore Ravens.

With two exhibitions in the books, here are five things we have learned about the Pittsburgh Steelers going into the 2011 regular season.

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