Pittsburgh still favored, but foes closing ground

While their foes face uncertainty at the quarterback position, Tommy Maddox helps give the Steelers an edge in the AFC North.

Updated: June 13, 2003, 12:26 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Call it the AFC Central or AFC North, but the roll call always begins in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers may not have the consecutive division-winning streak of the Atlanta Braves, but they aren't too far off. From 1992-97, the Steelers won six of seven AFC Central titles. After a three-year hiatus, the Steelers are back on top. They won the AFC Central with a 13-3 record in 2001 and followed last season by winning the new AFC North with a 10-5-1 mark.

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