The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to head into their Week 11 bye sporting back-to-back wins after dismantling the Cleveland Browns 30-9 last Sunday at Heinz Field. Their victory kept them in the driver seat in the AFC Playoff Picture, but also helped them continue their climb in the Top 10 of the latest SB Nation Power Rankings.
At 6-4, the Steelers are a team which has shown tremendous potential, and head-scratching losses throughout the first half of the season. A large part of their inconsistencies are due to injuries to players like Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Shaun Suisham, but the team seems destined to right the ship with 6 games left on their regular season schedule.
See what SB Nation had to say about the Steelers following their latest victory over the Browns:
The Steelers weren't supposed to have Ben Roethlisberger for a few weeks as he recovered from a foot sprain, but when Landry Jones went out with a leg injury of his own, Big Ben came in and looked exactly like himself in leading Pittsburgh to victory over the Browns. Roethlisberger ignited the offense by passing for 379 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant continue to prosper with Ben under center and the Pittsburgh defense continues to play better than people might give it credit for.
After Week 9, the Steelers had clawed their way back into the Top 10, claiming the 9th spot on the list after their win over the Oakland Raiders, and they continue to climb the rankings as they are ranked 6th heading into their bye week.
In fact, the 6-4 Steelers are ranked higher than teams with less losses on their record, like Denver and Green Bay. Whether they stay there will ultimately depend on how they finish out the final 6 games on their schedule. Take a look at the SB Nation Top 10 from this week's Power Rankings:
1. New England Patriots
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Arizona Cardinals
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. Cincinnati Bengals
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Kansas City Chiefs
8. Denver Broncos
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Green Bay Packers