Saturday, November 14, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Pittsburgh Steelers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.4 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

They're still the league's last remaining undefeated team, but the Steelers' last three victories have come by a total of 12 points. They needed a late rally to come back and beat the Garrett Gilbert-led Cowboys. How do Pittsburgh fans feel at this point when Ben Roethlisberger goes down with an apparent injury? Is it a sense of panic and dread? Or do they just brush it off and assume a scoring drive is coming? Roethlisberger provided a scare in the second quarter when he went down and clutched his knee. But he stayed in the game and finished off a 75-yard touchdown drive. The Steelers host the Bengals in Week 10.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

It wasn't pretty against the Cowboys. But good teams find ways to win games like that, and they did. They are 8-0 for the first time in their history.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

QB Ben Roethlisberger is in his 17th season and -- like the previous 16 -- he won't endure a losing record. First time any player in league history can claim this.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Recalibrated expectation: AFC Championship Game berth

The Steelers are the lone undefeated team in the NFL through eight games, and they're not only poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017 but primed for a deep run. But the road to the Super Bowl still runs through Kansas City, and with Patrick Mahomes the Chiefs are still the AFC favorite. The Steelers haven't played their best football yet, and it's an uphill battle to the postseason without a bye week coming. Even so, reaching the AFC Championship Game is a realistic expectation for this team, and anything short of that would be disappointing after this start. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 2

Everyone gets a pass for One Ugly Win. The Steelers cashed in their ticket on Sunday. Pittsburgh trailed by as many as 13 points to a Cowboys team starting its fourth-string quarterback before finally waking up from a Jerrah World slumber. Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes on two injured knees, and -- for the second straight week -- Minkah Fitzpatrick broke up a pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to preserve a Steelers victory. Fitzpatrick added a fumble recovery and a monster end-zone interception in the fourth quarter. Crisis averted, the Steelers are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and get the Bengals and Jaguars in the next two weeks. Nervous yet, Mercury Morris?

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