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Steelers loss vs. Patriots creates another drop in power rankings ahead of Week 15

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-6 and in the AFC playoff hunt, but where does that place them in the NFL power rankings?

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin looks out on the field as quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) and cornerback Darius Rush (21) leave the field against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium. The Patriots won 21-18. . Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-6 heading into Week 15 of the NFL season. After losing to the New England Patriots, the Steelers are currently the No. 6 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 15.

NFL.com writer Eric Edholm ranked the Steelers at No. 14, three spots lower than last week.

The Steelers made history on Thursday Night Football when they completed a two-game homestand of defeats against teams with 10-plus losses, according to NFL Research. On Sunday, they were rewarded by being bumped back into the playoff field — for now, anyway. The Colts and Texans losing pushed the Steelers into the top seven on the AFC side, but those three are only half of the AFC’s six 7-6 teams currently. If there’s a silver lining to the big picture, it’s that at least three of those teams are without their original starting quarterback now. The fact that Mitch Trubisky struggled the way he did against New England, compelling Steelers fans to demand an expeditious Kenny Pickett return, shows the level of desperation. Pittsburgh’s playoff viability likely depends on the next two games, against the Colts and Bengals.

The Athletic’s Josh Kendall at No. 19, one spot lower than last week.

Fantasy spotlight: Jaylen Warren

Pittsburgh, which has now lost to Arizona and New England in back-to-back weeks, doesn’t have a lot to feel good about offensively, but Warren is an exception. The 2022 undrafted free agent is third on the team in fantasy points (104.4), which ranks 29th among running backs in the league. Warren has more yards from scrimmage (884) than 2021 first-round pick Najee Harris.

Bleacher Report had the Steelers at No. 21, three spots lower than last week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have problems—plural.

Two weeks ago, the Steelers were a 7-4 team in the thick of the playoff chase in the AFC. Now, the team is 7-6 and hanging on by a thread.

It’s not just that the Steelers have lost two straight. They lost two straight to a pair of two-win teams in the Cardinals and Patriots. An offense that has struggled most of the season turtled again, managing just 264 yards with Mitch Trubisky under center. Star edge-rushers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are both now in concussion protocol.