There's no doubt the center of the NFL's universe for Week 4 will be in Pennsylvania. That's where quarterbacks past, present -- and future, in the Steelers' case -- will be stealing headlines. But storylines across the league could not be more enticing as the meat of the NFL season approaches, with at least one coach already fighting for his job, controversial wide receivers butting heads, and contenders and pretenders beginning to separate.
But among the Top 10 storylines, we must begin in Pittsburgh. Perhaps the only thing more surprising than
The Steelers are but one win away from going a stunning 4-0 without Roethlisberger, who was suspended by the league for violating its personal conduct policy. But it's going to be a tough one to win against a Ravens team that plays superb defense and has potential game-breakers offensively.
Adding intrigue: The Ravens are not without their own issues. Such as:
• Without a heaping helping of Rice, as in
• They can't win in Pittsburgh. Home field often is overblown in the NFL, when professionals take the field. But at Heinz Field, the Steelers have dominated the Ravens.
As for the Steelers, they may be playing with house money heading into Week 4, but they can ill-afford to lose to a division opponent. And at some point, you have to wonder if Flacco will rise and Pittsburgh's quarterbacking luck will falter.
Elsewhere, the storylines remain equally as intriguing: