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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers

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:

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

What we learned: They have the ability to win different types of games. The Steelers' defense got shredded by Deshaun Watson in the first half, and Pittsburgh found itself down 14-3 and then 21-17. But in the second half, the Steelers forced three three-and-outs and an interception in their 28-21 win. The offensive performance was efficient and methodical. Eric Ebron converting third downs. James Conner rushing for 109 yards. Ben Roethlisberger spreading the ball around. This is a veteran team that is still finding itself and should be able to find another gear later in the season. But among Roethlisberger, the offensive line and the defense, the Steelers can win with different styles, depending on the opponent and the shape each game takes on.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They are 3-0 and I get the idea they haven't played their best football yet. Ben Roethlisberger is getting there.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

QB Ben Roethlisberger has been around so long -- 221 regular-season games -- he's now eclipsed former C Mike Webster and a lengthy list of other Pittsburgh Hall of Famers for most appearances in this franchise's proud history.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

What we got wrong: The Steelers' receivers would flourish with Ben Roethlisberger back at quarterback.

So, they're not quite flourishing, but they're not playing horribly, either. Through three games, JuJu Smith-Schuster has already matched his 2019 touchdown production with three scores but is averaging 9.4 yards per catch -- down from 13.1 a year ago. And even though Roethlisberger has made establishing a connection with Diontae Johnson a priority, he is underperforming despite a huge number of targets. The slower start is not entirely unexpected, though. Roethlisberger is still working on his own rhythm. A week ago, he praised his receivers for being in the right places and running the right routes, blaming himself for not getting the ball to them. -- Brooke Pryor

NFL.com -- Rank: 4

The Steelers closed the Texans out like Mariano Rivera on Sunday. Mike Hilton's interception early in the fourth quarter set up a long Pittsburgh touchdown drive, which was followed by a three-and-out by the Houston offense, which was followed by another grinding Steelers drive that ran out the clock. Pittsburgh was outplayed in the first half by a desperate Houston team, but the defense shut out Deshaun Watson and Co. in the second half, finishing with five sacks overall. The running game shined, too, as James Conner and Anthony McFarland Jr. went over 150 yards combined on just 24 carries. The Steelers can beat you in so many ways.

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