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:
- Average ranking: 1.4 (1st)
- Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
- Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 2
One thing that stood out from their win over the Ravens was how many different guys made huge contributions. Linebacker Robert Spillane had a pick-six in the first. Isaiah Buggs had a key fourth-down stop in the fourth. Minkah Fitzpatrick broke up Lamar Jackson's final pass attempt. JuJu Smith-Schuster made a couple tough catches and was much more impactful than his stats (seven catches for 67 yards) indicate. That was the perfect kind of win for Mike Tomlin. The Steelers remain undefeated and are positioned to earn the top seed in the AFC, but they were far from perfect, and Tomlin and his staff will be able to coach off of Pittsburgh's mistakes. They've got the Cowboys, Bengals and Jaguars up next and have a great shot of being 10-0.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 1
They are the last remaining undefeated team and they showed a lot in coming from behind to beat the Ravens. They are the league's most-complete team.
USA Today -- Rank: 1
Pittsburgh has never started 8-0 but seems a good bet to reel off another three wins (Dallas, Cincinnati, Jacksonville) heading into a Thanksgiving rematch against Baltimore at Heinz Field.
ESPN -- Rank: 1
Reason for optimism: Ability to win ugly
The Steelers are 7-0, matching the best start in franchise history, and they're winning games without dominating opponents. The Steelers trailed by 10 in the first half to the Ravens and, a week earlier, nearly gave up a 20-point lead to the Titans in the second half. But the important thing is the Steelers are finding ways to keep a perfect record -- thanks in large part to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a defense capable of making adjustments on the fly. -- Brooke Pryor
NFL.com -- Rank: 2
Another impressive performance by the Steelers, who rattled Lamar Jackson into four turnovers and got their mojo back on offense in a 28-24 win. The defense surrendered 265 yards on the ground to Baltimore, but it made huge plays to swing another one-score game between the two rivals. Robert Spillane set the tone with a pick-six in the first quarter, the front seven swallowed up Jackson on a fourth-and-short draw deep in Steelers territory with two minutes to play, and Minkah Fitzpatrick broke up Jackson's end-zone pass on the final play of the game to clinch the victory. Pittsburgh's a talented, well-coached team that knows how to close. That'll play every week.
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