The Pittsburgh  Steelers have owned the AFC North over the past few seasons. Coming off back-to-back division titles, the Steelers have gone 11-1 against division foes during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

And they haven't even been at full strength in those 12 contests. All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell missed three divisional games over those two seasons, but the Steelers managed to go 3-0 in those games.


With Bell yet to report to Steelers camp, the team is preparing to take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 with or without their star running back. Pittsburgh remains 3.5-point favorites at Cleveland despite Bell's uncertain status for Sunday.

Whether or not Bell suits up, there are a couple of other trends that should put Steelers fans at ease. The Browns have lost 13 straight Week 1 games and also haven't won a single game since 2016.

Maybe the new-look Browns will be a different team and cause a different result, or maybe they won't. Only time will tell when it comes to Bell and the outcome of Sunday's game.


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