By Larry GLicken

The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been a team that could run the football down the throats of their opponents. This season they are starting off with a very shaky running game. They didn’t show much in the preseason and when they cut Jonathan Dwyer, they got rid of one of their most talented backs.

Is the tide shifting in the AFC North? Are the Steelers in a rebuilding year coming into the 2013 season? The Steelers have to be able to show they can control the game with running the football, with the release of Dwyer I am not so sure they are going to be able to do that.

For the first time in the history of the team, the Steelers will start the season without a featured back. Is this the way to dominate the AFC North? I think not, the Steelers could be in for one of their worse seasons in recent years.

They have an offense that is going to rely on the arm of Roethlisberger, and not a strong running game. The team is having a tough time giving Ben the protection they need. If they can’t dominate by running the football, Ben could be a sitting duck in the back field.

They should have been able to put any trust issues behind them and found a way to keep Dwyer. The team is not going to be able to contend without a solid running game. This could be the beginning  of the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers dominating the AFC North.

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