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NFL Power Rankings: Steelers fall nine spots in SBN's recent rankings

The Steelers are hitting the highs and the lows in the early portion of the 2014 season.

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It's hard to suggest the Steelers should be anywhere else. After reacing the top-10 following an exciting Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell to No. 18 overall, down nine spots from the previous week, after a Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Writes SBN's Danny Kelly:

The Steelers' last three halves of offensive football haven't been pretty, as Big Ben's squad has only managed three field goals in fifteen possessions--their other drives ending with nine punts and three turnovers. It's still early, obviously, and their first half Week 1 against the Browns offers hope, but they need to get things going.

That all seems about right. It's still early in the season and the Steelers have a chance to rebound, they just have to go to Carolina to do it. The 2-0 Panthers moved from No. 13 to No. 4 in the rankings after an impressive 24-7 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2. That game saw the return of quarterback Cam Newton and it paid dividends immediately. Equally impressive was the play of the Panthers' defense, sacking Lions' QB Matthew Stafford four times and limiting their high-powered offense to just an air-rifle's production level.

The Steelers will need a razor-sharp week of practice for this game, as oddsmakers have already installed the Panthers as three-point favorites.