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NFL Power Rankings: Steelers plummet, but still considered a Top 10 team in the league

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The Pittsburgh Steelers plummeted in the weekly Power Rankings, but are still considered a Top 10 team despite the dismal performance in Week 3.

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Entering Week 3, the Pittsburgh Steelers were considering the class of the AFC, and one of the top teams in the NFL. Coming off a hard fought divisional game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team went on the road to face a rookie quarterback and the Philadelphia Eagles. We all know how that turned out.

Now, after the 34-3 thrashing by Carson Wentz and the boys, the Steelers look to regroup as the Kansas City Chiefs come to town in Week 4. However, when comparing the Steelers to their peers in the NFL, the Power Rankings heading into Week 4 aren't pretty. Sure, everyone expected a drop after such a dismal performance, but there are some suggesting Pittsburgh is no longer a Top 10 team.

It should be noted Power Rankings are rather pointless, and fluctuate way too much on a weekly basis, but can hold some validity as to how teams are playing at that particular juncture of the season. Either way, it at least sparks some good debate.

We look at the primary media outlets who produce Power Rankings, and their Top 10.

ESPN

1. Denver Broncos
2. New England Patriots
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Philadelphia Eagles
8. Carolina Panthers

9. Pittsburgh Steelers
"What was that? Three points when you want to average 30? That's ... not good. QB Ben Roethlisberger has completed less than 55 percent of his passes the past two weeks, and now has to face a Chiefs team that intercepted six passes in Week 3."

10. Baltimore Ravens

FOX Sports

1. New England Patriots
2. Denver Broncos
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Philadelphia Eagles
6. Seattle Seahawks

7. Pittsburgh Steelers
"The Steelers looked like one of the two best teams heading into their matchup with the Eagles. Yet, all they did was lay an egg and suffer their worst loss since 1989. There are still several question marks on defense, but Le'Veon Bell's return should give the offense a spark after falling flat Sunday."

8. Baltimore Ravens
9. Arizona Cardinals
10. Dallas Cowboys

SB Nation

1. Denver Broncos
2. New England Patriots
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Philadelphia Eagles
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. Kansas City Chiefs
8. Cincinnati Bengals
9. Green Bay Packers
10. Carolina Panthers
12. Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL.com

1. New England Patriots
2. Denver Broncos
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Philadelphia Eagles

7. Pittsburgh Steelers
"The Steelers looked flat terrible on Sunday. The only thing higher than Ben Roethlisberger's throws were the high fives Markus Wheaton wasn't getting for catching the ball. Good grief. The only reason Pittsburgh doesn't drop lower is the return of Lev Bell."

8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Dallas Cowboys
10. Baltimore Ravens