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NFL Power Rankings: Steelers near the top of the heap among NFL media outlets

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the more hyped teams entering the 2016 regular season, and among NFL media outlets, they are echoing that sentiment.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are certainly a sexy pick as one of the top teams in the AFC, and even in the entire NFL. With Week 1 just days away, NFL media outlets are putting together their final Power Rankings to suggest who might be considered the cream of the crop this year in 2016.

It should be noted these rankings are purely for debate, but there are football minds who look at the numbers, roster additions and subtractions and try to put together their best rankings after the preseason. There is a strong likelihood these rankings will look dramatically different in Week 17, than these prior to Week 1.

Below are some of the major outlets who provide Power Rankings on a weekly basis, and where they have the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the Top 10 from each outlet. Enjoy, and let the debate begin!

ESPN

1. Seattle Seahawks

2. Pittsburgh Steelers
The past two seasons rank as the highest-scoring seasons in Steelers' franchise history. The Steel Curtain might be no more, but with an offense like that, they'd probably still win with linen curtains.

3. New England Patriots
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. Carolina Panthers
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Denver Broncos
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. New York Jets

SB Nation

1. Arizona Cardinals
2. New England Patriots
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Oakland Raiders
10. Denver Broncos

FOX Sports

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. New England Patriots
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Arizona Cardinals

6. Pittsburgh Steelers
While Pittsburgh will be without Le'Veon Bell for the first three games, it will merely be a small bump in the road. Cincinnati is their only real threat in the first three weeks, and upon Bell's return, the Steelers will return to form. They're a team to watch in the AFC.

7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Denver Broncos
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Kansas City Chiefs

NFL.com

1. Carolina Panthers
2. Arizona Cardinals
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Green Bay Packers
5. New England Patriots
6. Denver Broncos

7. Pittsburgh Steelers
Unless you have been watching Pittsburgh Maulers games on video cassette to get your football fix the last seven months, you likely are sick of hearing about suspensions. So I won't tell you that's why Pittsburgh is seventh. Let's talk defense. Bud Dupree going on IR doesn't help, but look for this Steelers unit to be improved in Keith Butler's second year as DC. Pittsburgh ranked 11th in points allowed during a transitional year in 2015. The secondary remains a factory defect, but this group overall might be sturdy enough to win it all.

8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Minnesota Vikings