Thursday, November 11, 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 10 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: 13.2 (14th)
  • Best ranking: 12th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Bold second-half prediction: RB Najee Harris will exceed 1,000 rushing yards.

Harris has tallied 541 rushing yards at the midway point of this season, but the run game has been steadily building to a consistent threat during the past several games. Harris said he came into the season with benchmarks he wanted to hit, but after the 1-3 start to the season, his focus shifted away from the individual goals and on to winning by whatever means necessary. The Steelers know a balanced offense is the key to success, and that means continuing the feed the ball to Harris. If he can stay healthy, Harris will become the first Steelers rookie since Franco Harris in 1972 to top 1,000 yards in his debut season. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 14

Ray-Ray McCloud's fumble let the Bears back in the game, and the defense faltered with a chance to close out a win, but Ben Roethlisberger still had enough juice to save the day. Big Ben led Pittsburgh on the 50th game-winning drive of his Hall of Fame career, a possession that culminated with a Chris Boswell field goal that secured a 29-27 victory. The Steelers have won 19 straight home games on Monday Night Football. It doesn't get any easier from here: Pittsburgh's remaining opponents have a .553 winning percentage. You get the feeling that every week is going to feel like a street fight with this team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

They have won four straight games to get to 5-3. They made it interesting against the Bears. The defense came apart in the second half.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Their 19-game home winning streak on "Monday Night Football" is a record. They'll get a chance to extend it in Week 17 against Cleveland.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Are they good? It's hard to argue with a four-game winning streak (and the Lions up next!), so we will reluctantly lean "yes" here, even if it's hard to trust the Steelers offense. The good news for Pittsburgh is that Ben Roethlisberger hasn't committed a turnover during this four-game stretch, so safe football is winning football. But the real reason for the "yes" is that defense, which has two Defensive Player of the Year candidates in T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward.

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