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The 2020 season is about to ramp up for the Pittsburgh Steelers

After three soft opponents to start the season the Steelers are facing the toughest stretch of their season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have exploded out of the gate with a perfect 3-0 record, but when you look back at the first three opponents you will notice they are a combined 0-9. The quality of opponent is about to rapidly ramp up for the Steelers and it all starts this week when they head down to Nashville.

The Tennessee Titans are also a perfect 3-0 and will be the Steelers toughest matchup to date. Bruising running back Derrick Henry, and NFL comeback player of the year Ryan Tannehill are the best backfield duo the Steelers have faced since probably Lamar Jackson, and Mark Ingram back in Week 5 of the 2019 season. The defense is going to have to kick it into second gear if the Steelers want to keep pace with the rest of the AFC leaders.

If A.J. Brown is healthy to play then he’s instantly the best receiver the Steelers have faced since probably Odell Beckham Jr. back in Week 13 of 2019.

Then take a look at the Titans defense led by their coach, former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Vrabel. Vrabel is running one of the tightest ships across the entire league and it shows with the Titans discipline, and limited on field errors.

Jadeveon Clowney is a beast, Vic Beasley is a pass rushing threat, Adoree’ Jackson is a star, Kevin Byard is a tremendous safety, and Rashan Evans could become the NFL’s breakout star of 2020. The Titans defense is full of ballers and Ben Roethlisberger will have to look as sharp as ever if he wants to will his team to a victory.

The next 5 games will be the toughest of the Steelers season. After Tennessee, the Steelers host the cross-state rival Philadelphia Eagles, whom the Steelers always struggle with, before hosting AFC North division rival Cleveland Browns. Then they’re on the road for back to back games in Baltimore and after their bye against the Dallas Cowboys, in a stadium they have struggled.

But what do you think? How many of the next five games must the Steelers win if they want a shot at the AFC North crown? Let us know down in the comments below.