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NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Steelers Complete Ascension

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TAMPA FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 26 2010 in Tampa Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
TAMPA FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 26 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers climbed into the top-5, if not higher, in most media outlets' Week 2 NFL Power Rankings. After Sunday's 38-13 dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Steelers found themselves resting in the top spot of just about every last Week 3 edition. Let's take the usual tour, with several new additions to the roundup this week.

SB Nation: No. 1 ; Last Week: No. 5

Keep in mind that this 3-0 start is coming without Ben Roethlisberger. Their toughest test yet comes to town next week: Ravens. If they can take that game, then it'll be 4-0 without Roethlisberger, which would be truly impressive.

ESPN: No. 1 ; Last Week: No. 5

Who knew fourth-stringer Charlie Batch was the answer to Pittsburgh's QB woes?

 

CBS Sports: No. 1 ; Last Week: No. 4

Does it matter who plays quarterback? They are 3-0 and have just been dominant on defense. Now comes a real tough test against the Ravens.

 

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

I'm starting to feel like the Steelers are going to get on a big run. How big? How about to the Super Bowl -- if SS Troy Polamalu can stay relatively healthy. The Colts aren't too far off, however.

 

Fanhouse: No. 1 ; Last Week: No. 5

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.

 

Yahoo Sports: No. 2 ; Last Week: N/A

Batch delivered more than they could have asked.

 

Peter King (MMQ): No. 1 ; Last Week: No. 2

OK, Charlie Batch. You knocked off the Bucs. Now you get the Ravens at the Ketchup Bottle Sunday. That'll be a bit more of a challenge.


USA Today: No. 1 ; Last Week: No. 7