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Steelers win vs. Bengals results in power rankings rise ahead of Week 13

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-4 and in the AFC playoff hunt, but where does that place them in the NFL power rankings?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-4 heading into Week 13 of the NFL season. After losing to the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers are currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff picture, but where do they stand in power rankings across the internet?

Here’s a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ standing in NFL power rankings ahead of Week 13. writer Eric Edholm ranked the Steelers at No. 9, four spots higher than last week.

The very first scrimmage play of Sunday’s win over the Bengals sent us a clear message: Things will be different offensively. Kenny Pickett dropped back and fired a pass right down the middle of the Cincinnati defense to Pat Freiermuth. This was Freiermuth’s second game back from a hamstring injury that had kept him out since Week 4 — and in a pleasant development, he was actually used down the seam Sunday. That’s an area of the field Pickett had roundly ignored most of the season. New play-caller Mike Sullivan led an attack that netted just 16 points, but the Steelers dialed up 424 yards of offense, the first time this season Pittsburgh has outgained an opponent — and the Steelers nearly doubled the Bengals’ output (222). We’ll see if more points follow those yards next time out, but Sullivan had a good first outing in place of the fired Matt Canada.

The Athletic’s Josh Kendall at No. 11, four spots higher than last week.

Firing Matt Canada seems to have served its purpose. After failing to top 400 yards in 44 games with Canada as the offensive coordinator, the Steelers gained 421 the week after firing him. Pairing an actual offense with a defense that ranks fifth in points allowed (18.6 ppg) is a winning formula, but it’s hard to imagine Kenny Pickett (31st in EPA per attempt, minus-.05) making much of a playoff run.

Bleacher Report had the Steelers at No. 12, one spot higher than last week.

After last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers fired embattled offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers did something they haven’t done in well over three seasons.

Not only did the Steelers top 400 total yards for the first time in (this is not a typo) 58 regular-season games, but for the first time this season, Pittsburgh outgained its opponent.