Saturday, September 25, 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 12.0 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Fantasy surprise: WR Diontae Johnson

There's not a whole lot of positive fantasy news for the Steelers two games into the campaign, but with a TD in Week 1 and 105 receiving yards in Week 2, Johnson is performing as expected as Ben Roethlisberger's top target. He sustained a knee injury on the final play of Sunday's loss, though, and that could dampen his outlook, at least temporarily. Running back Najee Harris hasn't been able to get much space to run, although his involvement in Sunday's passing game suggests better days might be ahead. Even the Steelers' defense, one of the best in Week 1, faltered in Week 2. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 12

A big afternoon from the defense and a huge play on special teams paved the way for a Week 1 road upset of the Bills, but a home loss to the Raiders puts the focus back on an underwhelming offense. Ben Roethlisberger is no longer the star who can put the Steelers on his back; the 39-year-old veteran needs help to make this attack go and he's not getting enough of it from his offensive line or running game. Part of that responsibility falls on offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who's still trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Pittsburgh should remain competitive as long as the defense stays intact, but a serious Super Bowl run will be impossible without balance on the other side of the ball.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

The offense is so limited right now in terms of what it can do throwing the football. That has to be fixed, but the defense didn't play well against Las Vegas either. The coverage was bad.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Two weeks in and QB Ben Roethlisberger is already referring questions about the offense's struggles to new coordinator Matt Canada? Guess not much time for honeymoons during your last ride.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

There were days, and not too long ago, that a quarterback shootout at Heinz Field would showcase Ben Roethlisberger. Instead, the Steelers mustered only 17 points while Derek Carr threw for 382 in the Raiders' victory. Steelers writer Mark Kaboly wrote that Roethlisberger "looked more frustrated than I've seen, maybe going back to the five-interception performance he had against Jacksonville in 2017."

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