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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers

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:

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Player who must step up: QB Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger is all but assured to be a future Hall of Famer, but he is very likely entering his last five regular-season games in a Steelers uniform. Roethlisberger isn't the gunslinger he used to be, but if he performs more like the quarterback who had two monster fourth quarters (against the Chargers and the Ravens), the Steelers could end his storied career with a playoff berth and a postseason run. But if he looks like the version of himself who threw two picks against the Bengals and couldn't put consistent zip on the ball, the Steelers' ceiling will be a .500 season -- an underwhelming finish for Big Ben. -- Brooke Pryor

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

The Steelers offense found its footing just in time on Sunday, producing 16 points in the fourth quarter of a stirring 20-19 win over the Ravens to keep Pittsburgh's AFC North hopes alive. The Steelers clinched the huge victory when Lamar Jackson's 2-point conversion pass attempt hit the fingertips of Mark Andrews and fell incomplete with seconds to play. The pass was errant because of pressure from -- you guessed it -- T.J. Watt, who also collected 3.5 sacks and took a commanding lead in the Defensive Player of the Year race. There isn't another non-quarterback in the sport who is as important to his team as Watt is to the Steelers. Forget DPOY, Watt deserves MVP buzz.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

That was a season-saving victory against the Ravens Sunday. The defense got back to playing Steelers defense for most of the game.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Is there a more underrated player in the league than WR Diontae Johnson, who's on pace for a 1,300-yard effort?

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

Best-case scenario: The Steelers' playoff hopes remain alive thanks to their win over Baltimore. If they want to sneak into the wild-card field, they'll need a big final month from their defensive stars. A perfect scenario here would be T.J. Watt playing at a Defensive Player of the Year level. Against the Ravens, he had 11 pressures (per Pro Football Focus) and forced the incompletion on Baltimore's attempt at a game-winning two-point conversion. When Watt is dominant, the Steelers are competitive, and that's the best for which they can hope.

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