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After dismantling the 49ers, are the Steelers officially "back"?

Steelers steamroll the Niners, but are they officially "back" to being contenders and not pretenders?

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If you asked me to use one word to describe that game.


The final score, in case you forgot, was 43-18, and it wasn't even as close as that score indicates. That's not homerism, that's fact. Anyone who watched that game will say the same.


DeAngelo Williams busted the 7,000 career-yards mark with his 77-yard, 3-TD outing. Read that again: Three Touchdowns. Of course, it didn't hurt that our offensive line was blocking like gangbusters the entire game. Williams, as crazy as this sounds, is the AFC's leading rusher. The only thing that makes me a little bit unhappy about this OL/RB combo is that, given similar support from the big guys up front, LeVeon Bell might have had nearly, if not more than 300 all-purpose yards. But that's an altogether moot point.


Big Ben Roethlisberger. Oh my goodness! 21 of 27 for 369 yards, three TD's and no, repeat, NO sacks. Have I mentioned how the OL played? Ben is now tied with Terry Bradshaw for the most wins by a quarterback in Steelers history and he needs only 223 passing yards to reach 40,000 for his career. He's also 45 touchdowns away from reaching 300 in that column. The former is attainable against the Rams but, to achieve the latter, he would need to average more than three TD's per game for the rest of the season. Oh, he's also the No. 2 passer in the NFL.


Antonio Brown. This man is point blank un-coverable. Nine catches for 195 yards, one TD and is the NFL's leading receiver. He also became the third-youngest wide receiver to grab 400 catches. Just two games into his fifth year, he has 408 receptions, 5,587 yards, and 30 touchdowns.

On defense, I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a more night-and-day turnaround for a defense from one game to the next. I almost couldn't believe my eyes how well they played. Allowing only three points for more than 3/4 of the game, and holding the "unstoppable" Carlos Hyde to 43 yards on 13 carries. Only when the game was way out of reach did they turn to the prevent defense, allowing the 49ers offense to get 15 points and a ton of yards in garbage time. Colin Kaepernick was sacked five times, and was continually harassed the rest of the time.

Ryan Shazier is second in the league with 22 tackles, right behind four other players who are tied at 23. Imagine if he had been in for the entire Niner's game.

This Steelers team is as exciting as they come right now. If the offense can keep up this pace, not a defense in the league will be able to stop it. All the Steelers' defense needs to do is to keep opponents from scoring 30 points per game. That's it.

Oh yeah, and LeVeon Bell is back.

Get pumped Steeler Nation because this team is the best in the NFL. Bring on the Rams. Bring on anyone. I don't care if it's the New England Patriots every week. Nobody can stop us now.

If you ask me, the Steelers are officially "back".