Saturday, November 11, 2023

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Non-QB MVP: EDGE T.J. Watt

This is a no-brainer. No one is having a bigger game-changing impact for the Steelers than Watt. Through eight games, Watt has 9.5 sacks -- tied for second most in the NFL with Garrett and Maxx Crosby -- 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 interception. And one of those fumble recoveries was a game-winning scoop-and-score in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's Week 2 win against the Browns. Without Watt, the Steelers aren't 5-3 or in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 14

The Steelers are 12-5 over the past calendar year but have only outscored opponents by nine points in that span. The point differential this season along is minus-30. Pittsburgh's 5-3 record paints a picture of a very good coach (Mike Tomlin) massaging enough games to keep the team close and win some late. But in order to make any postseason noise, this offense must awaken prior to the fourth quarter. The Steelers are being out-rushed by more than 40 yards per game and out-passed by more than 50, and the offense's early-game sputtering is a big reason why. There's hope, with the emergence of Jaylen Warren, Broderick Jones and Diontae Johnson, plus the expected return of Pat Freiermuth, but everything ultimately rests on Kenny Pickett and Matt Canada improving down the stretch.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

How does Mike Tomlin have this team at 5-3? It has been on the negative side of the yardage battle in every game it has played.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Of the 29 teams to be outgained in each of their first eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, Pittsburgh (5-3) is the only one to manage a winning record.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Report card: B-minus

Yes, the Steelers are two games above .500, but we can't forget the hype surrounding this team's preseason offensive performance, and the subsequent uptick in expectations it caused. Through that lens, this team (which ranks 26th in the league at 4.7 yards per play), feels less than what it should be. Pittsburgh is the 34th team since 1933 to be outgained in each of its first eight games and is the only team from that list to have a winning record after eight games, according to ESPN.

FOX -- Rank: 15

Of the 14 teams in the current playoff field, 11 have a positive point differential. Of the three that don't, two have been outscored by a touchdown or less. Then there's Pittsburgh. The Steelers have been outscored by 30 points this season, and they've been outgained in every game they've played. I don't know how they keep winning games, but I'm not going to bet against Mike Tomlin finding at least four more.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 15

George Pickens' apparent tantrum and social media scrubbing was concerning because it happened in a win after his teammate, Diontae Johnson, had a long overdue touchdown to win the game. That's not the time to throw a fit over stats. It should be fine, but Pickens and everyone else in the Steelers' passing offense has to know Kenny Pickett isn't playing at a level to carry all of them to 1,000-yard seasons.

PFT -- Rank: 11

All they do is find a way to win.

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