Stacking the AFC North: Steelers running behind

Stacking the AFC North: Steelers running behind

You'll hear NFL teams talk a lot about winning their division as the first goal for their season.

The reason? The surest way to get into the playoffs is to win a division title. And it assures you a home playoff game.

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But to win that division title, you should be as good as — if not better than — your division opponents in a number of areas. That won’t guarantee success, but it sure will help.

There's a feeling among the analytics people that running backs no longer matter in today's NFL. You'd have a hard time convincing the teams in the AFC North of that.

In fact, the AFC North might have the best collection of running backs in the league from top to bottom.

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