Friday, October 13, 2023

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 6 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 6 roundup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Fantasy surprise: RB Najee Harris

The Steelers' offense has underperformed on the field and on fantasy rosters, but fantasy managers are perhaps the most disappointed in Harris. Drafted as the RB11 in PPR and standard ESPN leagues, Harris is RB32 in standard and RB38 in PPR entering Monday night's game. The Steelers are one of only two teams without a rushing touchdown, and Harris is averaging just 49 yards per game. After being the Steelers' primary three-down back in his first two seasons, Harris is more evenly splitting the load with Jaylen Warren through five games. Warren was drafted as the RB45 in PPR and RB43 in standard but is RB23 in PPR and RB31 in standard through five games. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 20

I can't spare the details of how the Steelers actually arrived at 3-2, with some wild swings of play -- and, you know, a -31 point differential. You have to admire the team's toughness and creativity, finding inventive ways to win games. But I don't imagine that this bye week will include a getaway to Cabo. My guess is Pittsburgh knows there's a lot of work to be done. Nine days ago, Mike Tomlin was talking about big changes. Yet here they are, atop the AFC North -- for now.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

They head to their bye after an impressive victory over the Ravens, led by the defense. The offense still needs to pick it up.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

They've gained the third-fewest yards in the league and surrendered the third most, the delta more than 600 yards. But 11 takeaways, 17 sacks and just enough clutch plays from QB Kenny Pickett can mask such warts ... and propel you to the top of the AFC North.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

None of the Steelers' seven draft picks has played more than half the snaps this season. The closest is mammoth tight end Darnell Washington, but he's basically been a sixth offensive lineman. Washington has only one catch this season. Sunday's win against Baltimore, which came on the strength of second-year George Pickens' 130 receiving yards, might have saved the season.

FOX -- Rank: 21

What a great league. The Steelers have been abysmal on offense for most of the season — and they were for most of Sunday. But they took advantage of enough Ravens mistakes and were there to make the right plays at the end of the day. Raise your hand if you saw Mike Tomlin and his crew sitting atop the AFC North heading into their bye week.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 16

Rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. had a game-changing interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. According to Sam Monson of PFF, Porter has allowed a 0.0 passer rating into his coverage on 86 snaps this season. This is also when we point out that Porter was the pick from the Chase Claypool trade. Good job, Bears.

PFT -- Rank: 11

It's easy to criticize. It's hard to win. And the Steelers have somehow won three games.

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