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Pittsburgh Steelers: Antonio Brown May Be Team’s Lone Bright Spot

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

So far this season, just about every aspect of the Pittsburgh Steelers has had a negative connotation. The running game has dropped to 30th in the NFL (four spots lower than their ranking from last year), and the defense is struggling to force turnovers and lacks a consistent pass rush. All of which are direct results from a plague of injuries.

The Steelers find themselves at the bottom of almost every statistical category this season, as well as the bottom of the standings, which isn’t uplifting by any means. However, despite the underachieving efforts of the team, there is one glowing part to this year’s misfortune.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown is on pace to have not only a career year, but is on pace to have possibly the best season for any receiver in Steelers’ history. With all of the turmoil hovering over the Steel City, Brown’s success can easily go unnoticed.

Currently, the fourth-year pro leads the league in receptions with 56, and is ranked in the top 10 in receiving yards with 630. Brown is averaging 8.0 catches and 90.0 receiving yards per game. At this pace, Pittsburgh’s leading pass catcher could finish the season with 128 receptions and 1,440 yards.

If all of this comes to pass, then Brown will definitely be on his way to his second-career Pro Bowl.

Many had doubts of the organization’s decision of giving Brown a huge contract extension prior to the 2012 season. His numbers from that year weren’t the equivalent of the amount of money he received, but this year’s statistics shows that Brown is, without a doubt, worth every penny.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+