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The Steelers are finally ready to face AFC heavyweights New England and Baltimore and actually stand a good chance of competing with an possibly beating the Patriots and Ravens.
A week ago, I was scared of these two games. A team that cannot finish off a team like Jacksonville, bereft of talent and drive, should not be expected to show up when the Patriots or Ravens come into town.
If we saw one thing on Sunday, it was that this team is ready to play the games now. They've shaken off whatever hangover or funk they've been in. They're a force to be reckoned with once again.
The Patriots come to Heinz Field next week with a better record but a very leaky defense that hasn't impressed. Tom Brady has been human this year even as the offense has balanced around him. The Steelers are a good match with their improving defense and explosive passing game.
The Ravens come to visit after that and will be looking to really take full control of the AFC North. The problem is that the Steelers are going to be angry over Week 1's result and looking for a reason to beat up on Baltimore once again. That game actually looks tougher than the one next week.
It doesn't matter. If the Steelers show up the next two weeks like they did this week, they'll be a ready, worthy opponent.