NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31: Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signs a Terrible Towel on the back of fan before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on October 31 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. The Saints won 20-10 over the Steelers. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
After losing for the first time since Ben Roethlisberger's return from suspension, let's see if/how national media outlets reacted with their placement of the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 8 NFL Power Rankings.
SB Nation: No. 6 ; Last Week: No.3
They lost a tough one against the Saints but three of their next four come against the Bengals, Raiders and Bills. The ultra-consistent Steelers win games like that.
ESPN: No. 3 ; Last Week: No.1
The Steelers showed they have several things to improve on in a loss to the Saints. (Walker)
CBS Sports: No. 7 ; Last Week: No.2
They lost for the first time with Ben Roethlisberger. That was a tough spot against the Saints: Consecutive road games against a team that had to win.
FOX Sports Power Rankings: No. 6 Last Week: No. 1
I'm still stunned that they could muster just 10 points on offense against the Saints defense which was without its top three cornerbacks. The Steelers offense, which is ranked fifth from the bottom, clearly is better than that, and I expect that ranking to be well in the upper half before the season ends.
Fanhouse: No. 5 ; Last Week: No.2
Hard to punish Pittsburgh too much for losing on Halloween night in New Orleans to a desperate Saints team. Still, Ben Roethlisberger looked shaky for three quarters or so against a depleted Saints secondary -- there's still some rust there that he'll have to work through.
National Football Post: No. 2 ; Last Week:1
Polamalu and the Steelers were outplayed by the Saints defense—and that doesn’t happen often.
Peter King (MMQ): No. 2 ; Last Week: No. 1