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NFL Power Rankings: Steelers up four spots in post-Week 1 rankings

The Steelers' 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday moved them into the top 10 of SB Nation's post-Week 1 power rankings.

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While we've had considerable teeth-gnashing among fans over a second-half collapse Sunday, SB Nation's Danny Kelly was impressed enough to jump the Steelers ahead four spots in SB Nation's post-Week 1 power rankings.

Writes Kelly:

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (13) - The Steelers put on an offensive clinic early on in their opener against Cleveland, amassing 364 yards of total offense en route to a 27-3 halftime lead, then held off the comeback Browns for a Week 1 win. Big Ben looked rejuvenated, Antonio Brown didn't skip a beat and Markus Wheaton emerged as a dangerous downfield option. Le'Veon Bell carried the load for the Steelers with 109 yards rushing and 88 yards receiving. The defense can't feel good about its second half, and will turn its attention to the Ravens in Week 2 Thursday.

Succinct and accurate. While the second half was nothing to brag about, the first half was nearly as impressive as this generation has ever seen, with the Steelers' offense showing high-level explosive ability from running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, along with strong performances from Markus Wheaton and Maurkice Pouncey.

It was not, overall, the most consistent performance the team is likely to have this year, and Cleveland not only received, but also delivered to Pittsburgh, a taste of the buzzsaw factor. Each team landed a big haymaker at the beginning of each respective half, with the Steelers owning the first half and Cleveland dominating the second.

Still, post-Week 1 power rankings (and all power rankings in general) should be taken with a grain of salt. Without at least one more game in which to bracket this performance, it's still based more on the hypotheticals of who's supposed to be what. Pittsburgh's biggest test comes Thursday with a trip to Baltimore to take on the No. 17-ranked Ravens.