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NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Steelers roller coaster ride throughout rankings continues

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-2, and they have been all of the weekly Power Rankings released. Check out where they rank after their Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been riding a roller coaster throughout the first 6 games of the NFL season, and their positioning on the weekly Power Rankings released by nearly every media outlet imaginable would echo that sentiment.

After starting 2-0, the Steelers were considered the cream of the crop. After their Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, many dropped them to the back of the Top 10. Two more wins had some putting them as a Top 3 team in the league, but after their most recent loss to the Miami Dolphins, they plummet once again.

This is everything people, including myself, hate about Power Rankings. They fluctuate so much there is hardly any validity to the claims they are making by placing specific teams ahead of others. Nonetheless, it is good fodder for debate, so it is time to check out the usual sites to see just how far the 4-2 Steelers have fallen after Week 6.

ESPN

1. New England Patriots
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Denver Broncos
6. Atlanta Falcons

7. Pittsburgh Steelers
"Since Ben Roethlisberger became the team's starting quarterback in 2004, the Steelers are 12-9 in games not started by him, good for a .571 win percentage. It's not the .658 win percentage that Pittsburgh has with him starting, but it's good enough to keep the Steelers afloat if he's out for an extended period."

8. Buffalo Bills
9. Washington Redskins
10. Green Bay Packers

FOX Sports

1. Minnesota Vikings
2. New England Patriots
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Atlanta Falcons

6. Pittsburgh Steelers
"Sure, they looked horrendous against the Dolphins and Ben Roethlisberger got hurt. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and start saying the Steelers' season is over. They still have a high-powered offense with Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and it's no guarantee that Big Ben will miss time. They've gone through this storyline before and overcome injuries to make the playoffs."

7. Denver Broncos
8. Buffalo Bills
9. Green Bay Packers
10. Arizona Cardinals

NFL.com

1. Minnesota Vikings
2. New England Patriots
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Denver Broncos
7. Buffalo Bills 
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Green Bay Packers
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
"Spoke on NFL Network repeatedly last week about tempering expectations for the Steelers this past weekend. Pittsburgh fans can easily talk about their team's penchant for coming up flat in games that people think they should win 46-6. That said, who would have foreseen the Steelers sucking as bad as they did against the Dolphins on Sunday? Or Jay Ajayi rushing for over two bills? How about Miami posting 474 yards to Pittsburgh's 297? Unbelievable. Miami's offense?"

SB Nation

1. Minnesota Vikings
2. New England Patriots
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. Denver Broncos
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Washington Redskins
10. Buffalo Bills