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NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Steelers sky-rocket up the rankings with 2-0 start

The Steelers continue to rise up the rankings after their 26-21 victory over the Broncos.

NFL: Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, are coming off the second week of a journey which has never been done in the history of the game. Playing games amidst a global pandemic.

The league has done tremendous work with protocols and adjustments to make sure this season goes off without a hitch, and while many didn’t think it was possible, here we are with the first two weeks in the rear view mirror, and all 32 teams going full steam ahead into Week 3.

Who do the experts think will be the team to beat this season? Power Rankings are one way to decipher who they like, or don’t like, at any particular juncture of the season. Heading into Week 3, there is a lot which can be expected. The Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens find themselves near the top of most rankings, while the Seattle Seahawks or Green Bay Packers are everyone’s favorite now in the NFC.

Where do the Steelers fall? Well that depends. Some see the black-and-gold as a Top 10 team, while other see them on the outside looking in. Take a look at some of the Power Rankings below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the rankings in the comment section below!

ESPN

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Green Bay Packers
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Buffalo Bills
7. Los Angeles Rams
8. Tennessee Titans
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. New England Patriots
...
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Diontae Johnson

It’s hard to call Johnson under the radar when he was a trendy sleeper pick before the season. He is inconsistent and has started games slowly; but he has eight receptions on 13 targets, and he led the Steelers with 92 receiving yards against the Broncos. If Johnson becomes a bona fide WR1 in fantasy, keep an eye on Chase Claypool to develop into the next under-the-radar asset. Claypool has been targeted five times and has five catches — including an 84-yard touchdown against the Broncos. “


CBS Sports

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
“They didn’t quite dominate the way I expected against the Broncos - especially with a backup quarterback playing for Denver. They have to play better against the good teams.”
5. Buffalo Bills
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. Tennessee Titans
10. Las Vegas Raiders


Sports Illustrated

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Buffalo Bills
5. Green Bay Packers
6. New Orleans Saints
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is warming himself up, James Conner is breaking out and, in potentially dangerous news for opponents, Chase Claypool is establishing himself as a big-play candidate who could ruin defensive gameplans.”
9. New England Patriots
10. Los Angeles Rams


USA Today

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Keep an eye on rookie WR Chase Claypool, whose 84-yard TD reception Sunday is 2020’s longest play to date and the longest by a Canadian-born player.”
6. New Orleans Saints
7. Arizona Cardinals
8. Tenessee Titans
9. New England Patriots
10. San Francisco 49ers


NFL.com

1. Baltimore Ravens
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
“The Steelers represent a pick-your-poison situation for opposing defenses right now. Second-round pick Chase Claypool had an 84-yard touchdown against the Broncos and has been an instant difference-maker through two weeks. Diontae Johnson is on his way to a big season, and JuJu Smith-Schuster has his mojo back after a 2019 that fizzled behind injuries and poor QB play. Which takes us to Ben Roethlisberger, who missed most of last season but somehow managed to return as exactly the same player he was before his right elbow imploded. No acclimation period necessary for Large Benjamin. The Steelers are scary.”
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Buffalo Bills
7. Tennessee Titans
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. New Orleans Saints
10. New England Patriots