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Why the Philadelphia Eagles Are Pennsylvania's Team, Not the Pittsburgh Steelers
PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 18: Michael Vick #7, Martell Webb #48, and Donald Lee #88 of the Philadelphia Eagles pray with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers following their preseason game on August 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It always shocked me that the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers weren't bigger rivals than they currently are.

Both teams play in the state of Pennsylvania, but only one team deserves the bragging rights of being "Pennsylvania's Team."

Looking at the Philadelphia Eagles, who went 10-6 in 2010, while the Pittsburgh Steelers went 12-4, it's obvious that the Steelers had a better season. 

Congratulations to Pittsburgh for making it to the Super Bowl last year, but they lost it. 

Falling short to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 25-31, the Steelers ended last year on a sour note. Instead of remembering them for the great season they had, they are remembered as the Super Bowl losers. 

Can anyone recall a team that bounced back after a Super Bowl loss, returned the following season and did better?

No, because it's never happened.

As a matter of fact, along with the NFL's "Madden Curse" comes the Super Bowl curse. 

The Eagles will most likely have a better year than the Steelers in 2011, and I say that with confidence.

Everyone in the country knows about the offseason that the Philadelphia Eagles have had so far. Signing a plethora of talent, of which Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Vince Young, Steve Smith and Ronnie Brown are just a few, the Eagles have stacked their roster to be the most dominating team in 2011.

Being coined the "dream team" by Vince Young is certainly a long-shot, but looking at the Eagles roster does create quite the debate.

At quarterback, we have Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick. Comparing the two leaves us with a result of two completely different players, who have both had success and who both play the game in completely different styles.

Ben is a powerful and accurate guy who already has a Super Bowl ring. Vick is a deadly runner who has proved to the league that he can throw with the best of them, and is seeking his first Super Bowl appearance. 

When it comes to weapons, the Eagles win hands down.

Having Vick is already something a defense hates to see because of his ability to keep the play alive with his feet and new patience in the pocket. Add DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy to that and you have four great offensive weapons that can change a game.

Who will do better in 2011?

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On the opposite side of the ball, we have some debate. The Steelers have probably the most hard-hitting defense in the league, with guys like James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu. That Steelers defense has been elite for years, but that has to come to an end soon.

The Eagles signed a handful of guys to the defense, making them much more powerful than in 2010. Besides players, the Eagles added Jim Washburn as their new defensive line coach and Juan Castillo as their new defensive coordinator. 

So who will be better in 2011?

Both teams have the same level of difficulty regarding their schedules. However, I just can't see the Super Bowl's losing team having a better season than the all new Philadelphia Eagles. 

Most people will now throw a link to the last preseason game between the two—go right ahead. It's pointless. No team plays their best football in August.

With everything said and the season right around the corner, I feel the Eagles will take the crown as "Pennsylvania's Team."

Do you agree? Feel free to give me your feedback on who should wear the crown. 

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