The Steelers fell from five to eight in the most recent SB Nation NFL Power Rankings after their loss to Denver in Week 1.
The rankings, which don't really reflect anything of a powerful nature, are put together by SB Nation NFL Editor Joel Thorman.
Thorman gives the Steelers some lenience, considering they were without their "best" pass rusher, James Harrison (debatable, but his absence certainly didn't help).
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The offense looked ... different. Todd Haley's in as offensive coordinator, the Steelers were missing their best pass rusher in James Harrison. Bumpy start to the season, but not enough to change my pick of Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
So Thorman agrees a Week 1 loss does not eliminate a team from the postseason.
A win, though, over the previous No. 1 ranked team (Green Bay) doesn't put you at the top spot after 6.2 percent of the season is finished. San Francisco was curiously ranked No. 8 heading into the season by SB Nation (hmmm...), and jumped all the way to No. 3 after beating up the Packers.
On the road. That's the third-best team in the league, apparently.
But, you can jump from No. 4 to No. 1 by beating the No. 16 team at home on Monday Night Football.
Odds are good no one would consider beating Cincinnati at home more difficult than beating Green Bay on the road, but hey, Power Rankings are fun, aren't they?
Here's the full list with Thorman's comments:
1. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4, 1-0): The offense looked elite. We already know the defense is elite. Is this the best team in the NFL? A big road test in Philly next week will help answer that question.
2. New England Patriots (LW: 3, 1-0): 34-13 victory in Week 1 and I barely blink, like wins like that are supposed to happen for New England. Stay healthy and 12-plus wins is attainable once again.
3. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 8, 1-0): Wow. I'll be the first to say San Francisco impressed the hell out of me with a Week 1 in victory at Lambeau, arguably the toughest Week 1 matchup and they get it done. Can Alex Smith be that efficient every week? Will the defense keep it up? This team belongs in the top 3.
4. Houston Texans (LW: 6, 1-0): We won't learn much about this team with a 20-point victory against Miami. And we won't learn much next week when they travel to Jacksonville. Week 3 against Denver will help us figure out what type of team this is.
5. Green Bay Packers (LW: 1, 0-1): OMG the Packers suck! No, no. The Packers are fine. One loss doesn't mean you blow anything up. Two losses could be a little more concerning. The Bears come to Green Bay on Thursday night.
6. New York Giants (LW: 2, 0-1): Should we be surprised they dropped the season opener? This team isn't the Patriots, a team that wins 13 games seemingly every year. They barely made it into the playoffs last season, a notch above .500.
7. Denver Broncos (LW: 11, 1-0): So Peyton Manning looks like the old Peyton Manning. As a Chiefs fan, I am very concerned by this. Denver looked legit on Sunday night against a top AFC team in Pittsburgh.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 5, 0-1): The offense looked ... different. Todd Haley's in as offensive coordinator, the Steelers were missing their best pass rusher in James Harrison. Bumpy start to the season, but not enough to change my pick of Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
9. Chicago Bears (LW: 10, 1-0): Huge potential in Chicago. I want to see them put it together against the NFC's elite. Thursday night in Green Bay will work.
10. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 13, 1-0): Scoring on your first eight possessions to open the season is alright. The Falcons punted once in a 40-point beat down against the Chiefs in their own place, Arrowhead. The Matt Ryan/Mike Smith combination has yet to win a playoff game. This sure looks like the team to break that trend.11. New Orleans Saints (LW: 7, 0-1): That game was more about RGIII than the Saints. New Orleans will win a lot more than it loses scoring 32 points. I'm not concerned by the loss.
12. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 15, 1-0): Big time W for Big D in Week 1. The NFC East is so, so wide open. You can make an easy case for any of the four teams to take it, including the Cowboys.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 12, 1-0): You'd like to see something better than a 1-point victory over the Browns (our No. 32 team last week) but a win is a win.
14. Detroit Lions (LW: 9, 1-0): The Handshake, Part II coming soon as Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers host the Lions next Sunday night. That's appointment television.
15. New York Jets (LW: 18, 1-0): Earlier this offseason I predicted the Jets would crumble. Um, can I take that back? The offense puts up 48 points, which off course comes after it doesn't score a preseason touchdown until the finale. I'm still cautious about the Jets, but I'm preparing to be wrong.
16. Washington Redskins (LW: 19, 1-0): This is what every fan base dreams of. You draft a rookie and immediately see the pay off. RGIII was accurate, efficient and, most importantly, his team put up a lot of points on the board. I can't tell you how jealous of Redskins fans I am right now.
17. San Diego Chargers (LW: 22, 1-0): San Diego has gone from 13 wins to nine wins to eight wins in the last three seasons. An ugly win on Monday night is a good start.
18. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 16, 0-1): Cincy hung in there with the Ravens but ultimately couldn't make it happen. It is a good team playing in an extremely difficult division.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 25, 1-0): I wondered last week if ranking Tampa Bay 25th was too low. After one week it appears it was. It avoided the basement in the NFC South, beating Cam Newton and the Panthers.
20. Buffalo Bills (LW: 17, 0-1): A trendy playoff pick, Buffalo came out flat against New York. The Chiefs and Browns over the next two weeks are winnable games. The Patriots and 49ers probably aren't. And not to mention the Fred Jackson injury could be devastating if he's out for any stretch.
21. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 20, 0-1): He's no RGIII, that's for sure. I kid, I kid, Colts fans. Andrew Luck did not have the debut that RGIII did but there was nothing in his game that made you think something is wrong long-term.
22. Tennessee Titans (LW: 21, 0-1): Eleven carries for four yards. Chris Johnson is back alright.
23. Carolina Panthers (LW: 14, 0-1): You know, Carolina, you can run the ball. DeAngelo Williams led the team with six attempts. Hard to win putting it all on the passing game.
24. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 27, 1-0): Adrian Peterson is back, which means I can take Minnesota out of the running for the No. 1 overall pick next year.
25. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 23, 0-1): Great game, Chiefs! Way to hang in there with the Falcons! ... Wait, they play two halves in football these days? Crap.
26. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 24, 0-1): All that preseason hype over Russell Wilson and they go out and lose to Arizona. What a deflating feeling.
27. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 31, 1-0): Yes, I have Arizona behind Seattle even though the Cardinals beat the Seahawks. I still think Seattle is the better team and would win that game more often than not.
28. Oakland Raiders (LW: 26, 0-1): If Carson Palmer is throwing the ball 46 times, it's a good sign the Raiders are losing.
29. St. Louis Rams (LW: 28, 0-1): This was my surprise team of the year pick and, even though it was a loss, they hung with the Lions. Progress!
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 29, 0-1): If the Vikings miss that field goal at the end of regulation, then the Jaguars are ranked 24th in our power rankings, like the Vikings are.
31. Cleveland Browns (LW: 32, 0-1): Better effort than I thought against the Eagles. And Trent Richardson is kind of a badass. Brandon Weeden, on the other hand, could use some help.
32. Miami Dolphins (LW: 30, 0-1): This'll be a dogfight for the No. 32 spot every week. Miami gutted its way into a 30-10 loss and deserves this honor.
2012 NFL Power Rankings Week Two: Ravens Triumph, Panthers Tumble (via sbnation)