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NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers inching closer to the top of the mountain

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to start the year 2-0 after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals at home, but where do they rank among the other 32 NFL teams? We show you the latest Power Rankings.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0, and coming off a beautifully ugly victory over their arch rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals. After the 24-16 win, the team was able to claim their first AFC North victory of the season, as well as put an early stamp on this 2016 season. The team sits tied with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North divisional rankings, but how do they matchup with other teams in the league?

According to the latest Power Rankings, released weekly by several media outlets, the Steelers are one of the best teams in the league, and one website has them as the cream of the crop. Power Rankings are great for debate, and that is about it, but it is good to see where your favorite team ranks among all 32 NFL teams who take the field every week.

Take a look at the rankings below, as well as their Top 10, and see if you agree or disagree.

NFL.com

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

The top team in pro football right now. The Steelers bested two division winners from 2015 in their first two games. They did so without Le'Veon Bell and, perhaps more importantly, with consecutive stout performances from the defense. Cincinnati did manage to rack up over 400 yards of offense. However, the key here is that Keith Butler's defense kept managing to get off the field on third down. Not to mention (but we'll mention), Andy Dalton only pieced together 16 points. How about the impending return of Bell in Week 4? Two entities don't want to see that: the rest of the AFC, and peeps (like me) who drafted (the great) DeAngelo Williams in fantasy.

2. New England Patriots
3. Denver Broncos
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Houston Texans
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. Green Bay Packers
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. New York Jets

SB Nation

1. Denver Broncos
2. New England Patriots
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Minnesota Vikings
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Houston Texans
9. New York Giants
10. Baltimore Ravens

FOX Sports

1. New England Patriots

2. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers look like one of the best teams in the AFC after topping their division rival Bengals, 24-16. They're now 2-0 and own the second-best point differential (plus-30) in the NFL, yet they're doing this without running back Le'Veon Bell.

3. Denver Broncos
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Carolina Panthers
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Houston Texans
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Seattle Seahawks

Washington Post

1. Denver Broncos
2. New England Patriots

3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The triumph over the Bengals gives the Steelers the early edge in the AFC North. This game lacked the nastiness of other recent Steelers-Bengals matchups but was, as always, highly competitive. The Pittsburgh offense has remained productive, as promised, without the suspended Martavis Bryant and Le'Veon Bell. DeAngelo Williams has kept the running game moving without Bell, but things should only get better once Bell returns after missing one more game.

4. Carolina Panthers
5. Minnesota Vikings
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. Houston Texans
9. New York Giants
10. Cincinnati Bengals