The third win in a row for Steelers brings them straight into the AFC North race

CLEVELAND – After a streak of three games with the same number of straight wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers have resumed the hunt for the AFC North title.

The Steelers improved to 4-3 and traded places with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday due to their 15:10 win at FirstEnergy Stadium.

With the Cincinnati Bengals’ disgruntled defeat by the New York Jets, the Steelers are just one game behind leaders Baltimore, who have been idle. The Ravens are 5-2 and the Bengals 5-3, with the Browns bottoming up at 4-4 in the highly competitive division.

“It’s days like today that give you an indication of what you could be,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “We will continue to write this story, positive or negative, but today was a good day.”

The Steelers had a few of these last month. After losing three in a row, they took home wins against the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, and the Browns, who are considered favorites to win the preseason title, are on the road.

It was arguably the Steelers’ most important win since they opened the season with a win over Buffalo, considered one of the best teams in the AFC.

“We took to the streets and won a soccer game against a good team,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “Hopefully it will instill confidence in boys – young boys, older boys – and let us know that we can do it. It’s not over yet, but there is still a long way to go. ”

That path continues with two home games starting with a Monday night game against the 3-5 Chicago Bears. This is followed by a visit from the 0-8 Detroit Lions. After that, the Steelers play five of their last eight games away from home.

“We can’t worry or control what’s out there,” said Roethlisberger. “We’ve dug so many holes that we have to find a way to get out. We can’t take care of anything but ourselves. ”

Joe Rutter is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Joe by email at or on Twitter.

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