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    Steelers dismiss talk Browns should win AFC North

    http://yorkdispatch.inyork.com/yd/pe...ia/ci_10079152

    By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer


    LATROBE, Pa.—Troy Polamalu still isn't practicing because of a sore hamstring, Daniel Sepulveda is all but certain to miss the season with a knee injury and Casey Hampton's weight training isn't nearly over.
    Not much of a first week of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was it?

    Then come this: The Steelers have averaged more than 10 wins per season since Heinz Field opened in 2001, yet they keep hearing how the Cleveland Browns—who have beaten them only twice since the 1990s—are ready to overhaul them in the AFC North.

    The Browns missed the playoffs last season despite owning the same record (10-6) as the Steelers, mostly because two of those six Cleveland defeats were to Pittsburgh. The Steelers won the season opener 34-7 in Cleveland and the rematch in Pittsburgh 31-28.

    No matter, the Browns are the chic pick in the division, now that they finally seem to have found a quarterback they can win with in Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn looks ready to take over if anything happens to Anderson. Even if recent history doesn't support that conjecture, given the Steelers haven't lost to Cleveland in nearly five years, or since a 33-13 defeat early in the 2003 season.

    Only three Steelers players—Hines Ward, Deshea Townsend and Aaron Smith—were around when they lost to Cleveland in 1999 and 2000. No doubt the Steelers need a whole lot of convincing before they're ready to concede the Browns should win the AFC North, considering Cleveland hasn't won a division championship since 1989, when former Steelers coach Chuck Noll still was two years away from retirement.


    "Any team can look good on paper. You can't really worry about that," said Hampton, who remained on the sidelines Saturday because of weight problems that have sidelined him since camp began last Sunday.
    The Steelers never have much trouble getting motivated to play the Browns, despite their recent domination of them, and several players said all this Browns-are-the favorites talk adds incentive that's really not needed.

    "We like being the underdog. When you're the underdog, you've got something to prove," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "We're happy where we're at, we're happy with our team."

    Pittsburgh goes into the season after being one-and-done during its fifth playoff appearance in seven seasons, losing to Jacksonville not only in its final regular-season home game but also in a wild-card playoff game. The Steelers had never lost twice at home to a team in a single season, and they appear to be deriving more incentive from that than they are from the speculation Cleveland is better than they are.

    "For me, I don't want anything less than a Super Bowl," wide receiver Hines Ward said of all the who's-better chatter. "Anything less than a Super Bowl is a bad year."

    Defensive end Aaron Smith laughs at the suggestion the Browns' ascension coincides with a decline in the Steelers, an aging team on defense.
    "Predictions don't mean anything, until you line them up," he said.

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    "We like being the underdog. When you're the underdog, you've got something to prove," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "We're happy where we're at, we're happy with our team."
    Damn straight, let the so called experts keep thinking the Browns are something special and ready to take over the AFCN. We'll be there just like every year to crush their hopes & dreams and bring them back to reality where they belong....behind US !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    Damn straight, let the so called experts keep thinking the Browns are something special and ready to take over the AFCN. We'll be there just like every year to crush their hopes & dreams and bring them back to reality where they belong....behind US !!!!


    week 2. browns will be the underdogs. media can say what they want. but losing 8-9 stright times to one team is louder then words. Browns will always be the underdogs until they win. If steelers try to use the underdogs thing for themselfs is sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs View Post
    week 2. browns will be the underdogs. media can say what they want. but losing 8-9 stright times to one team is louder then words. Browns will always be the underdogs until they win. If steelers try to use the underdogs thing for themselfs is sad.
    Yes, the media can say what they want, and right now, they're sayin that it's the Browns. So we're the underdogs--which might not be "right", but it is what it is.

    It's not "sad"--it's human nature (and competitiveness) that is gonna get our guys wanting to prove that the media's wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs View Post
    week 2. browns will be the underdogs. media can say what they want. but losing 8-9 stright times to one team is louder then words. Browns will always be the underdogs until they win. If steelers try to use the underdogs thing for themselfs is sad.
    "themselfs" is themselves









    preview of what the steelers will do the clowns this year >>
    and its that simple

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    well the browns have not beatin the steelers in 5-6 years. I think we have alittle bit more to prove. week 2, vegas will have steelers winning also.
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    "themselfs" is themselves









    preview of what the steelers will do the clowns this year >>
    and its that simple

    touch are butts?? lets keep this about football. thank you. I hope they do kick are players. That would be a 15 yarder. Thanks for the 1st down.
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    [QUOTE=dawgs;219360]week 2. browns will be the underdogs. media can say what they want. but losing 8-9 stright times to one team is louder then words. Browns will always be the underdogs until they win. If steelers try to use the underdogs thing for themselfs is sad.[/Q\


    Why is that sad? Because you read that your team will not win the division, so you use that as motivation? Who doesn`t how in the he11 is that sad? Dude please think about what your saying!


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    QUOTE=Clevestinks;219365]
    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs View Post
    week 2. browns will be the underdogs. media can say what they want. but losing 8-9 stright times to one team is louder then words. Browns will always be the underdogs until they win. If steelers try to use the underdogs thing for themselfs is sad.[/Q\


    Why is that sad? Because you read that your team will not win the division, so you use that as motivation? Who doesn`t how in the he11 is that sad? Dude please think about what your saying!

    Because the team that the media are saying will win the divison, is the same team you've beaten 30 stright times. Steelers can use it if they want. but the browns got the most to prove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs View Post
    QUOTE=Clevestinks;219365]


    Because the team that the media are saying will win the divison, is the same team you've beaten 30 stright times. Steelers can use it if they want. but the browns got the most to prove.
    Its about not getting the respect they deserve! Think about it!

    Dude you might know your team, and you may know your football, but your such a hypocrite, and you never think before you speak. Your always trying to defend yourself by saying that your never starting anything you just here to talk about football, BS. Your immature , but its all good


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    until they win something you go with the stats not the Odds. i still dont understand why everyone considers Free agent aquisitions a for sure thing. There are just as many hot free agents that don't pan out cause Coaches and GM's still can't take into account that for a star to look like a star they usually have a strong supporting cast around them.

    So the browns got some new players. That means nothing tillyou proove it game time. Right now its a bunch of "should be's and could be's and nothing more.

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