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Steelers notebook: Foster says parity will persist in AFC North

The Browns (6-3) sit atop the AFC North after the Steelers (6-4) squandered a chance to take sole possession of first place by losing to the Jets.

All four teams are in contention, and the Bengals (5-3-1) and Ravens (6-4) also have winning records.

Ramon Foster thinks this parity won’t be short-lived.

“All of the teams are better,” he said. “They’ve raised their players in the way you’re supposed to develop talent, from Cleveland all the way up. I think it’s going to be this way for years to come.”

• Coach John Harbaugh made an apparently derisive reference about the Steelers after the Ravens’ 21-7 win over the Titans, saying the Steelers got their “(rear ends) kicked” the week after playing Baltimore. Harbaugh’s comment didn’t cause much of a stir among the Steelers. “It’s his opinion. Is it right or is it wrong? I don’t know,” wide receiver Antonio Brown said. Receiver Lance Moore added, “It doesn’t matter what he says. He has nothing to do with what we do here.”

• Martavis Bryant’s 143 yards receiving on four catches Sunday were the fourth most by a Steelers rookie since 1960. Ahead of him are Louis Lipps (183 yards in his NFL debut, 1984); Charles Johnson (165 yards, 1994) and Joey Clinkscales (150 yards, 1987). Clinkscales had only 90 additional yards in his other 13 career games.

• Moore said, given the Steelers’ four turnovers, the score Sunday “should have been a lot more lopsided than it was. (But) the loss can’t turn into two losses for us. We’ve got to do what we have to do to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

• Offensive line coach Mike Munchak was Tennessee’s coach when the Titans beat the Steelers the past two seasons. Defensive end Cam Heyward said the key to finally beating the Titans is “cleaning up the stuff that put us in trouble (against the Jets). It depends on how we respond, how we approach this week and not make this loss define us.”

• While the Steelers haven’t lost a Monday night home game since the 1991 season, going 16-0, they’ve lost their past two Monday night road games (Bengals, 2013; 49ers, 2011) and are 10-10 on the road during that same span.

— Alan Robinson


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