The Steelers have been all over the place in SB Nation's power rankings. They sat just inside the better half of the league after a Week 7 win over Houston, and they moved up from 15 to 14 after a 51-34 trouncing of previously No. 8-ranked Indianapolis in Week 8.
Not too bad. Can't complain. Should they be maybe a little higher? With the amount of fluctuation on a weekly basis due to upsets and inconsistency (see Cowboys, Dallas), it's tough to gauge right now who the best teams in the league really are. The key thing this season is going to be getting healthy in time to hit stride during the second half of the year.
The second half of the 2014 NFL season begins in Week 9, as the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens in what could be the most emotionally-charged game in this rivalry during the last few seasons. Baltimore is coming off a tough defeat at the hands of division-leading Cincinnati, and both teams are playing to avoid their third divisional loss. The Ravens beat the Steelers in Week 2, but both teams are going to look a bit different this time than they did then.
Pittsburgh is coming off of the most prolific passing game in franchise history, while the Ravens have firmly established themselves as one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL.
The winner of that game would likely vault into the top-10, considering that team would be 6-3 and sitting either in first place of the most competitive division in the NFL or just a half game behind Cincinnati, who plays the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9.