Thursday, September 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 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: 6.0 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

What we learned: Bud Dupree can be a game-wrecker. Dupree doesnt get the same attention as T.J. Watt, but he showed Monday night that he can create havoc. Dupree had two tackles for loss and a pass breakup. His hustle in chasing down Daniel Jones led to a Steelers interception in the red zone. The Steelers defense was smothering all night, and while it took their offense a little bit of time to warm up, it eventually got going. It was only one game, but the Steelers have the look of a team that can win games in a bunch of different ways.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

It took them a little time to get going, but once they did they rolled against the Giants. Ben Roethlisberger looked good once he got past the early part of the Giants game. The defense is nasty.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Big Ben is back ... meaning WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is back, too. And it doesn't appear that intimidating defense has gone anywhere.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Best rookie debut: WR Chase Claypool
The Steelers spent training camp hyping up the second-round pick from Notre Dame, who delivered on his first catch Monday. Claypool got started with a 28-yard, toe-tapping reception to keep a drive alive on third-and-long. He followed that with an 11-yard catch to open the fourth quarter, helping set up a 36-yard field goal. The Steelers drafted him to be a big, athletic target for Ben Roethlisberger, and though he had only two catches on two targets in his debut, he was exactly that. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 7

A hugely promising start to the season for the Steelers, who got a vintage Ben Roethlisberger start in his return from elbow surgery, a 100-yard rushing day from Benny Snell and a smothering performance from the front seven, which limited Giants star Saquon Barkley to 6 yards on 15 carries. Big Ben's return stands out, however: He shook off some early rust to throw for 229 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. We wondered last year how far the Steelers could go if they combined their world-beating defense with strong quarterback play. We're about to find out.

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