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NFL Power Rankings, Week 14: After huge win, the Steelers are on the cusp of 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 14.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 7-5 after Week 13 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 revenget against the Browns in a 20-13 win over the Browns at Heinz Field.

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 England Patriots
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. Green Bay Packers
9. Houston Texans
10. Buffalo Bills
...
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Who’s under fire: Randy Fichtner, offensive coordinator

Managing the carousel of quarterbacks hasn’t been an easy job for Fichtner. Add in the rotating cast of skill players with injuries decimating the established playmakers, and the job has gotten monumentally harder in the past month. With the defense keeping the Steelers squarely in the playoff hunt, Fichtner is tasked with maintaining an offense that can put points on the board and not turn the ball over. That recipe would be enough to pull off a postseason berth -- something that looked improbable after an 0-3 start. -- Brooke Pryor”


NFL.com

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New Orleans Saints
5. New England Patriots
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Houston Texans
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Buffalo Bills
...
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Things didn’t start well for Duck Hodges and the Steelers. Pittsburgh had accumulated 9 yards of total offense midway through the second quarter as the visiting Browns built a 10-0 lead. But then Hodges warmed up, James Washington started making plays and Pittsburgh’s defense -- always the catalyst during this stunning return from 0-3 irrelevance -- did the rest in a 20-13 win over the Browns. This victory had to be the sweetest of the season for the Steelers, who exacted revenge on a Browns team that bullied them in more ways than one just two weeks earlier. In that Week 11 matchup, Mason Rudolph melted down against an aggressive Browns defense. Hodges kept his cool (not having to face the suspended Myles Garrett surely helped) and delivered on enough downfield throws to keep Cleveland honest and allow Pittsburgh to regain control of the game. Mike Tomlin deserves serious Coach of the Year consideration.”


Sporting News

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New Orleans Saints
4. New England Patriots
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. Houston Texans
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Buffalo Bills
...
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Devlin Hodges was what the Steelers needed at quarterback: someone capable of making a few big plays without making any big mistakes, knowing that caretaking is OK with their commitment to the running game and strong overall defense to support him. That’s exactly why they remain in good playoff position during one of Mike Tomlin’s best coaching seasons.”


CBS Sports

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. New Orleans Saints
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. New England Patriots
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. Buffalo Bills
9. Houston Texans
10. Kansas City Chiefs
...
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Devlin Hodges is 2-0 as a starter for this team. They would be a playoff team if they started today.”


Washington Post

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. New Orleans Saints
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. New England Patriots
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Houston Texans
9. Green Bay Packers
10. Minnesota Vikings
...
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
“The Steelers got the final word in their tussle with the Browns in the proper manner: by winning a football game.”