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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger responds to Pittsburgh being an underdog this season

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are in an unusual spot. They’ve usually been the talk of the division and favorites to win the AFC North, but this year they’re flying a bit more under the radar.

The Browns and Ravens both emerge down the stretch last season, and they’re garnering most of the hype at the moment. That’s just fine for the Steelers, who are looking forward to getting back to football after a drama-filled campaign centered around Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

“It’s an awesome challenge for all of us. To get to know each other, to learn, to do everything we can to be the best. Because that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do, is win a championship. In order to do that we’re all going to have to be at our best,” Roethlisberger said after practice recently, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com

Roethlisberger was then asked about teammate Joe Haden’s recent comments that the team felt like an underdog, and Big Ben stressed they’re still extremely confident.

“I’ve been here a long time. We’re still the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’re still going to go out and try to win every football game. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to the big one. But like I said if everyone puts forth the effort that we all think we can, and with the talent that we have in this room, we feel confident that we can be pretty good.”

We’re still the Pittsburgh Steelers” is a pretty good line, and the Steelers have every right to still consider themselves the top dog in the division. Even with all the distractions last year, they still came within a half-game of winning the division. If one more ball had bounced their way, we wouldn’t be talking about them as underdogs at all.