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I presume that most of you folks saw media outlets' Week 5 Power Rankings when they were released yesterday. You all are internet ninjas like that. But for those who have not, here's our weekly roundup.

To the rankings...

SB Nation: No. 6 ; Last Week: No.1

The Steelers did an outstanding job wading their way through the Ben Roethlisberger-less era. He's back now as the Steelers enter a bye. You can't blame the Steelers too much for losing a tight game to the Ravens.

 

ESPN: No. 1 ; Last Week: No.1

QB Ben Roethlisberger is back from suspension, making Pittsburgh one of the NFL's most complete teams. (Walker)

I Like. And I'm impressed by the World Wide Leader for not just pushing the Steelers down the board for a last-second loss with their fourth-string QB under center.

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CBS Sports: No. 6 ; Last Week: No.1

They have to be happy about the 3-1 record without Ben Roethlisberger. After a bye, he's back in as the quarterback. They need him. No more Charlie Batch helium balloons.

 

FOX Sports Power Rankings: No. 2 Last Week: No. 1

Had Roethlisberger been behind center against Baltimore, we might have had a different result. But going 3-1 without him is still impressive. When you examine Pittsburgh's roster, it might be the most complete team from both sides of the ball. And if their key players on defense can stay healthy, the Steelers could go on a long winning streak

 

Fanhouse: No. 4 ; Last Week: No.1

The Steelers continue to thrive without Roethlisberger, and it's reasonable to suggest that their performance this year vs. what they did last year is a sign that safety Troy Polamalu is the league's most valuable defensive player. Now that he's healthy, look at what they're doing.

 

National Football Post: No. 3 ; Last Week: 2

The Steelers won three games without Ben Roethlisberger—and the Pro Bowl QB is coming back.

 

Peter King (MMQ): No. 3 ; Last Week: No. 1

Ben Roethlisberger reports back to work this morning at the Steeler complex, and we can forget all the "Do they miss Ben?'' stuff after the 210-yard performance against the Ravens Sunday.

USA Today: No. 4 ; Last Week: No.1