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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Another win, and the Steelers still can’t crack the Top 10

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the verge of the Top 10 in almost every Power Ranking heading into Week 15.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 8-5 after Week 14 of the 2019 regular season, but how they got to this record has been a roller coaster ride. After an 0-3 start, the team was finally able to beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 4 to move their record to 1-3.

How did they follow up that prime time win? With a gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field in Week 5. In typical fashion, with their backs against the wall the Steelers gutted out a big win on Sunday Night Football over the Los Angeles Chargers before heading into their Week 7 bye week.

Coming off the bye the Steelers continued their winning ways with a 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, and before you knew it they had won three in a row while beating the Indianapolis Colts 26-24 in Week 9. That three game streak turned into a four game streak after they beat the Los Angeles Rams at home 17-12 in Week 10. The good feeling Pittsburgh was experiencing was short-lived when the Cleveland Browns smacked them around 21-7 on Thursday Night Football in Week 11.

In Week 12 the team turned it around, albeit behind Devlin Hodges, as the team traveled to Paul Brown Stadium and beat the Bengals 16-10 to get above that .500 mark once again. With ‘Duck’ at the helm, they got revenge against the Browns in a 20-13 win over the Browns at Heinz Field. The Duck Dynasty continued in Week 14 when the Steelers traveled to Arizona to beat the Cardinals 23-17.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, it is that time of week where we check in on what other outlets are saying about the black-and-gold in those weekly Power Ranking articles. We all realize these rankings are completely meaningless, but they are great for discussion. Not just where the Steelers are ranked, but who made the Top 5 who should have, or shouldn’t have?

Check out the Power Rankings below, and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the rankings in the comment section below!

ESPN

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Los Angeles Rams
10. Buffalo Bills
...
13. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Nearly nothing about the offense has gone right, much of it is due to a perfect storm of injuries and disappointing free-agent signings. Donte Moncrief wasn’t what the Steelers needed him to be to help JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Ben Roethlisberger’s injury started a negative domino effect early. The defense was expected to be a strength, but its No. 3 ranking is significantly boosted by the acquisition of Minkah Fitzpatrick. With the offense near the bottom of the league, the Steelers could’ve used bigger special-teams plays earlier in the season, but Diontae Johnson’s emergence could help that ranking in the final month. -- Brooke Pryor”


CBS Sports

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. New England Patriots
7. New Orleans Saints
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Tennessee Titans
...
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
“They are now 3-0 with Devlin Hodges at quarterback. They have the look of a playoff team and face a playoff-like game with the Bills this week.”


NFL.com

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. New England Patriots
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Tennessee Titans
10. Houston Texans
...
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Another week, another win for the Steelers, who have put themselves in prime playoff position with three weeks to play. More than likely, it will come down to Pittsburgh and the AFC South runner-up for the final wild-card spot. You feel good about the Steelers’ chances for two reasons: 1) As we saw again in Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Cardinals, the Steelers have an aggressive, ball-hawking defense that consistently makes game-changing plays; and 2) Devlin “Duck” Hodges continues to show us he is capable of piloting an offense that can score enough points to carry the day. Hodges threw just three incompletions and finished with a passer rating of 117.5, delighting the thousands of Steelers fans who invaded State Farm Stadium. Hodges makes smart decisions and doesn’t turn the ball over. He’s been the opposite of Mason Rudolph ... and it probably saved Pittsburgh’s season.”


Washington Post

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. New England Patriots
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Tennessee Titans
10. Buffalo Bills
...
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Mike Tomlin has done a fantastic coaching job. He has the Steelers in the thick of the playoff chase with Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph splitting the QB duties. That’s not easy to do.”


Sporting News

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Green Bay Packers
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. New England Patriots
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Tennessee Titans
...
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
“The Steelers are on a remarkable run after starting 0-4 given they’re missing Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Rookie Devlin Hodges was the right choice to handle their offense, as he’s fearless in getting the ball to their young receivers. That has allowed their defense to be more aggressive.”


Sports Illustrated

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Kansas City Chiefs
3. New Orleans Saints
5. New England Patriots
5. Seattle Seahawks
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Los Angeles Rams
...
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
“This team is 8-5? Kudos to Mike Tomlin for milking enough out of a dodgy, injured offense to support a postseason-caliber defense. And of course, a nod to Devlin Hodges, who played the modest but turnover-free football (16-of-19, 152 yards, TD, 117.5 rating) asked of him by his coach.”