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NFL Power Rankings, Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers nowhere near the Top 10 after Week 1

The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of work to do before being considered a Top 10 team in 2019.

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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers, among half of the NFL, are 0-1 after Week 1 of the 2019 regular season, but how they got to this record is the most concerning part. After a 33-3 drubbing by the defending champion New England Patriots, the Steelers are now not only facing an uphill climb to get back to .500, but will have to do so against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 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!


1. New England Patriots
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Los Angeles Rams
5. Philadelphia Eagles
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Los Angeles Chargers
8. Baltimore Ravens
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Green Bay Packers
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
Rookie who flashed: Devin Bush, LB

How the newcomer starred: Bush played the most significant role among Steelers rookies, leading the team with 11 tackles. He stood out in that he was bringing Patriots players to the ground, but that’s not so good when most of the tackles were on chunk-yardage plays for the offense. Bush gave up a big gain on a pick play but otherwise looked ready. Rookie receiver Diontae Johnson is an intriguing option after three catches for 29 yards. The lights didn’t look too bright for him. -- Jeremy Fowler”

USA Today

1. New England Patriots
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Los Angeles Chargers
7. Dallas Cowboys
8. Tennessee Titans
9. Los Angeles Rams
10. Philadelphia Eagles
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Big Ben wasn’t very good between lines Sunday. But he was nails on postgame podium, uttering “Whatever” when asked about AB joining Pats.”

1 New England Patriots
2 Los Angeles Rams
3 Kansas City Chiefs
4 New Orleans Saints
5 Philadelphia Eagles
6 Dallas Cowboys
7 Minnesota Vikings
8 Seattle Seahawks
9 Baltimore Ravens
10 Green Bay Packers
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
“That was a disheartening start to the season. The Steelers were manhandled by the “rival” Patriots, who were playing the game at another level on Sunday night. I expected the Steelers to ball out on offense even without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but it sure felt like they were short a playmaker or two as the Patriots began to pull away in Foxborough. Pittsburgh had four first downs and 87 total yards at the half and was held to three points in a season opener for the first time since 2001. James Conner couldn’t move the chains on the ground and JuJu Smith-Schuster struggled to get open before leaving the game late with a toe injury. It’s clear the Steelers have a lot of work to do in what could be a very important season for Mike Tomlin. They’ll get another stiff challenge when the Seahawks come to town in Week 2.”