Saturday, October 21, 2023

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 7 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 7 roundup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Lesson learned: Alex Highsmith and T.J. Watt are worth their contracts.

We get it, the Steelers' offense is bad. But what isn't is the pass rush tandem of Watt and Highsmith, the latter of whom got a four-year, $68 million contract in the offseason. While Watt's eight sacks is tied for the most in the NFL through six weeks, Highsmith is also putting up solid numbers. Against the Ravens, Highsmith generated a career-high 11 pressures on 35 pass rushes, tied for the most pressures generated by any player in a game this season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. The pair also scored two of the Steelers' seven total touchdowns this season. -- Brooke Pryor -- Rank: 19

With no indication the Steelers are replacing play-caller Matt Canada or QB Kenny Pickett any time soon, they must find internal solutions to get the offense on track -- like, say, an anything-goes self-scouting mission during the Week 6 bye. No group needed that more than the offensive line. I thought Broderick Jones played well against Baltimore; continued improvement would be huge. So would the interior getting better, and Chukwuma Okorafor cutting down on penalties. If they fix those problems, the Steelers might have an offense that can win games.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

They come off their bye week hoping the offense found some life during it. They have to score more points.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

A team that's won three of four coming out of its bye week is also about to get WR Diontae Johnson back on an offense that needs a spark.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Two of three wins coming against division rivals is keeping Pittsburgh alive in the AFC North despite an offense that ranks 30th in scoring (15.8). Defensively, it's been business as usual for the Steelers. T.J. Watt is on pace for 27 sacks, which would break the league's single-season record he shares with Michael Strahan (22 1/2).

FOX -- Rank: 19

The Steelers managed to get to their bye week atop the AFC North, but hopefully, they did some work on the offense during their downtime. Their season high for total yardage is 333, and they haven't had a 400-yard day since Week 2 of 2020. It's got to improve if they're going to stay in the conversation.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 16

Diontae Johnson is returning to practice this week. Pat Freiermuth said he'll play this weekend. We can finally see how the Steelers' offense looks with a mostly healthy lineup. If the offense still looks terrible, then it's time to panic.

PFT -- Rank: 11

It was a bad bye for the 'Burgh, with all three AFC North rivals winning.

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