Saturday, November 21, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 11 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 11 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

I thought they were in a tricky spot facing Cincinnati after a week in which Ben Roethlisberger didn't practice. Whoops. The Steelers employed a pass-heavy attack, and Roethlisberger shredded the Bengals' defense for 333 yards and four touchdowns in tricky weather conditions. He said after the game that his arm felt better after a week of rest. The best part about the Steelers is they can win in so many different ways. They're big favorites at Jacksonville next week before returning home for a matchup against the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They just keep on winning. The good thing is the passing game came alive against the Bengals. They have earned this top spot.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

QB Ben Roethlisberger is making a belated MVP push with nine TDs, zero turnovers and a 109.1 passer rating over last three weeks for team that continues to avoid the loss column.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

What would they take back: Cutting Jordan Berry

When your team is 9-0, it's hard to want to take back anything. That leaves us with the punter situation. Searching for more consistent distance, the Steelers cut Berry and signed veteran Dustin Colquitt just before the season. But that experiment didn't last long when the Super Bowl champ averaged 43.1 yards per punt -- lower than Berry's 45.5 average in 2019. The Steelers cut Colquitt after five games and brought Berry back. Since the switch, Berry has averaged 47.4 yards per punt. The punter switch obviously didn't cost the Steelers any games, but it made some more stressful than they needed to be. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 2

Ben Roethlisberger didn't practice last week after being moved to the COVID-19 list on a close-contact designation. It's unknown how much of the practice field he would have seen anyway, after sustaining injuries to both knees in last week's win over the Cowboys. Then, Sunday rolled around, and Roethlisberger did his same ol' Big Ben routine. The veteran quarterback carved up a depleted Bengals secondary for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-10 win to move the Steelers to 9-0, with the lowly Jaguars on deck. This version of Big Ben -- combined with an array of playmakers and a top defense -- makes the Steelers easily the No. 1 threat to a Chiefs repeat.

+ Previous update: Pittsburgh Steelers Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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