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Common sense finally sets in as Steelers ranked as the best "triplets" in the NFL

Despite what a former NFL player said on ESPN's 'NFL Live' show, common sense wins when ranking the top 'Triplets' in the NFL.

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If you are new to this specific topic of conversation which has circulated around Pittsburgh Steelers fans the past week, no, a member of the team didn't recently welcome triplets into this world. In regards to the 'Triplets' label, they are referring to the team who has the best quarterback, wide receiver and running back on a team.

For the Steelers, it would be tough to find a team with a trio better than Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. In 2014, when the Dallas Cowboys had Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, it would be a heated debate between who was truly the better trio.

Recently on the ESPN show 'NFL Live' a panel of experts ranked the Steelers as 5th in regards to the best triplets in the NFL. See the image below for visual proof.

Yes, this "expert" took the Cowboys with a rookie running back, Carson Palmer, Jonathan Stewart and Eddie Lacy over the Steelers particular set of 'Triplets'. To say Steelers Nation was fuming was an understatement.

However, all is right with the world again when ESPN's Bill Barnwell ranked all 32 'Triplets' in the NFL, and the black and gold found themselves atop the list...where they rightfully belong. (It should be noted Barnwell didn't just take rank the QB, RB and WR position, but the best three offensive players on the team when he set his rankings.)

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown

And yet, by the narrowest of margins, the Steelers have to be my top team for a few reasons. One is positional scarcity: While Gronkowski is better than the rest of the league's tight ends to a greater extent than Brown is better than the rest of the league's wideouts, a dominant wide receiver is more valuable than even a transcendent tight end. There's a reason Graham wanted to be paid like a wideout: The market suggests that they're worth more.

It's true that Edelman plays a position (wide receiver) that is far more valuable than Bell's (running back), but the other factor in comparing these two is that the ceiling for the Steelers is just a tiny bit higher. Edelman is a fantastically useful receiver, but there will never be a day when anybody without a Patriots tattoo says he's the best wide receiver in football over Brown or Julio Jones, if not three or four more guys. You can make a case, given his versatility and sheer impact as a receiver, that Bell was the best running back in football in 2014. Granted, that was a year mostly without Adrian Peterson, but a healthy Bell is near the top of the charts in a way that Edelman won't be.

Even if you give Brady (who you have to project as missing the first four games) a slight edge over Roethlisberger (who is likely to miss a game or two because of injury), the chances of having the best running back and best wide receiver in football at the same time are enough to push the Steelers to the top of the offensive triplet charts.

Clearly the Steelers edged the New England Patriots with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman for the top spot in the rankings.

Nonetheless, with the long offseason just getting underway, fans should feel a sense of calm now knowing all is right with the world -- the Steelers triplets are again at the top of the NFL's list.