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Steelers win vs. Bengals moves Pittsburgh up NFL power rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-7 on the outside looking in the AFC playoff hunt, but where does that place them in the NFL power rankings?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-7 heading into Week 17 of the NFL season. Despite beating the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers are still currently on the outside looking in for 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 17.

CBS Sports writer Pete Prisco ranked the Steelers at No. 15, six spots higher than last week.

They made a smart change going to Mason Rudolph at quarterback. They kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the Bengals.

The Athletic’s Josh Kendall at No. 15, five spots higher than last week.

MVP: T.J. Watt

Death, taxes and a Watt brother terrorizing NFL quarterbacks. Watt leads the league in sacks this season (17). If he finishes the season in first place, it will be the fifth time in the last 12 seasons that T.J. or his brother J.J. has led the league, and T.J. will become the first player in NFL history to lead the league three straight seasons.

Bleacher Report had the Steelers at No. 18, three spots higher than last week

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Week 16 a reeling team. After losing three straight, Pittsburgh’s playoff chances appeared to be in major trouble.

They certainly didn’t look like it Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Thanks to an efficient performance from quarterback Mason Rudolph, a huge game from wide receiver George Pickens and an excellent effort from the Steelers defense, Pittsburgh squashed a surging Bengals team to get back above .500 for the season.