2023 NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers
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 2 roundup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 16
Best debut performance:
ILB Elandon RobertsWeek 1 stats:
7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss
Hard to find much good from the Steelers' blowout loss to the 49ers but Roberts was as effective as he could be against one of the league's best running backs, Christian McCaffrey
. Though Roberts played less than 50% of defensive snaps -- the fewest of the new inside linebacker acquisitions -- he recorded two tackles for loss, including one when he brought down McCaffrey in the first quarter. -- Brooke Pryor
NFL.com -- Rank: 19
Well, this didn't go as planned. The white-hot first-team offense we saw in the preseason was completely smothered early and only looked efficient for one have-to-have-it drive before halftime of Sunday's loss to the Niners. Kenny Pickett, who pledged to take a big step up this season, had two picks -- and he should have had a third, but Fred Warner just dropped a gift that hit him in the hands. Pickett's final stats (31-of-46 passing, 232 yards) put a cosmetic sheen on what was a bad day. His offensive line (he was sacked five times) and receivers (countless communication errors) did little to help. The run game was virtually abandoned after the early deficit was established. Sign of trouble or a one-game blip? Next Monday's game against the Browns, who dominated the Bengals defensively, will tell us a lot about the 2023 Steelers' offense.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 18
The opening-day loss to the 49ers was as bad a showing as any team had in Week 1. They looked awful, but it's just one game.
USA Today -- Rank: 14
Perhaps no club was more disappointing in Week 1, Pittsburgh suffering its worst home defeat of the Mike Tomlin era while losing team captain Cam Heyward to a groin injury for at least the next few games.
The Athletic -- Rank: 23
The Steelers need better sparring partners. After explaining playing his starters liberally in the preseason by saying teams needed to spar before they fought, Pittsburgh got knocked out early by the 49ers. After leading five touchdown drives on five preseason possessions, quarterback Kenny Pickett led one in 11 possessions when it mattered.
FOX -- Rank: 18
There's no shame in losing to a perennial power like the 49ers — but that was more than a loss. Much like the New York Giants, the Steelers had a big opportunity to announce themselves on Sunday, and they fell well short. Fortunately for them, the Giants spared them from the most lopsided loss of the weekend.
Yahoo! -- Rank: 17
I want to give the Steelers a pass for Sunday, and just assume the 49ers played a great game. But it was a really bad start to Kenny Pickett's second season. He had nine yards passing until the final drive of the first half and looked flustered. The Steelers as a whole were overwhelmed by the 49ers. Maybe preseason really does mean nothing at all.
PFT -- Rank: 15
Remember when the Steelers had a great home-field advantage?
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