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Steelers win prompts rise in power rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers hope to build momentum coming out of their bye week.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are trending up after improving to 4-2 in a win against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Steelers are in the playoff picture in the AFC, and they are moving up on power rankings across respective outlets.

NFL.com writer Eric Edholm ranked the Steelers at No. 13, six spots higher than last week.

Boy, if this team could figure out its first-half (and sometimes first-three-quarters) offensive slumps, we might have something here. The Steelers gained 192 of their 300 yards in their win over the Rams in the fourth quarter, via three drives: TD, TD, four-minute offense. That’s pretty much football nirvana for Mike Tomlin, dominating a team in the fourth quarter on the road. It’s like I tell my kids all the time: It doesn’t have to be this hard. Still, somehow, it works. An offense like this can’t afford to have George Pickens and Diontae Johnson flagged for taunting. Pickens put up his second straight 100-yard game, but he also had another bad penalty in the first quarter that likely cost Pittsburgh points. The Steelers are riding the razor’s edge, but maybe you can do that when you have T.J. Watt.

The Athletic’s Josh Kendall at No. 13, in the same spot as the previous week

We ask this question in the Steelers section because T.J. Watt is at or near the top of the list. Watt still is on pace to break his own single-season sacks record of 22 1/2 despite not having a sack for the first time Sunday. He did grab his first interception of the season, though, to keep the Steelers in the game. Watt is tied for fifth in the league with 22 defensive splash plays, according to TruMedia, which is three more than Cleveland’s Myles Garrett, Watt’s main competition.

Bleacher Report had the Steelers at No. 14, five spots higher than last week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rather enjoy returning from vacation.

After downing the Rams in Los Angeles Sunday, they have won six straight games following the bye week and 13 of 17 under head coach Mike Tomlin.

It wasn’t an especially stylish win—the Steelers barely cracked 300 total yards and again struggled to run the ball.