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NFL Power Rankings Roundup, Week 15

It's been a few weeks since we've made our weekly tour through various media outlets' weekly NFL Power Rankings. With the Pittsburgh Steelers having won four in a row since losing to New England, the six-time Super Bowl champions are back in everybody's top five just below the Patriots, Falcons, and in some instances, the Saints. Not sure I agree with the Falcons being placed above the Steelers, but hey, that's why these rankings generate discussion at times.  

Let's take a look.

SB Nation: No. 3 ; Last Week: No.3

Ho-hum. 23-7 over the Bengals. Wake me up when the Steelers clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

ESPN: No. 3 ; Last Week: No.3

Pittsburgh's D is allowing an average of only nine points per game in its past four. (Walker)


CBS Sports: No. 3 ; Last Week: No.4

One thing's for sure: Their quarterback is a tough guy. Ben Roethlisberger played with that broken nose. Now he faces a tough test in a Jets defense that will be trying to avoid a three-game losing streak.


FOX Sports Power Rankings: No. 4 Last Week: No.4

The Steelers still lack an identity on offense. You would think they would go with more power running to help out injured QB Ben Roethlisberger. But their defense can still carry them most weeks. They should have their way against the struggling Jets this Sunday.


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

The Steelers have scored just two offensive touchdowns over the last three weeks. But they still have three wins on the board and don't seem to be looking to apologize. They are playing smart and aggressive defense, and if you don't think that style of play can win Super Bowls, ask anyone from the 1975 to 1980 teams.


Peter King (MMQ): No. 4 ; Last Week: No. 5


Look at the catch Antwaan Randle El made in the second half. Leaping one-handed bullet throw from Roethlisberger. A thing of beauty that sometimes gets lost in the bigger stories of the day. But that's one of the top five catches in the NFL this year, easily.