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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Steelers continue to climb up rankings after back-to-back wins

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to climb up the weekly Power Rankings after their Week 7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to “stack wins”, as Mike Tomlin calls it, by defeating the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6, and AFC North rivals Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7. After two great wins, the team is starting to climb the weekly NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 8.

Granted, these rankings mean absolutely nothing, but when it comes to initiating debate and discussion, these are great. For instance, how does ESPN put the Chiefs ahead of the Steelers after the two teams met, and the Steelers won in that head-to-head matchup?

Pittsburgh now begins to prepare for their Week 8 opponent, the Detroit Lions, and if they can win this game at Ford Field to advance their record to 6-2, there is no doubt they should, and likely will, be considered a Top 3 team in the league. Big games lie ahead, but for now the Steelers are cemented as a Top 5 team in the NFL — where they belong.

Check out some of the Power Rankings below:

ESPN

1. New England Patriots
2. Phildelphia Eagles
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
“94.8 percent. The Steelers already are 3-0 in division play and the only team with a winning record in the AFC North. FPI gives them nearly a 95 percent chance of winning back-to-back division titles for the first time since 2007-08.”
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Los Angeles Rams
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Houston Texans
10. Oakland Raiders

NFL.com

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Los Angeles Rams
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Much is made about how much of the Steelers offense Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown account for, but Sunday's win was mostly about defense. It helps when Bell carries the football 35 times, ensuring his defensive teammates can grab a little air. That said, defensive coordinator Keith Butler deserves much credit. After allowing 14 points in the first half, Pittsburgh's defense caged the Bengals' offense in the second half. That speaks to adjustments made. Two tipped interceptions didn't hurt. Nor did Bud Dupree sprinting toward Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton with reckless abandon a few times.”
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. New Orleans Saints
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Washington Redskins

Sporting News

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger apparently does still have it and disgruntled receiver Martavis Bryant hasn’t done anything to prevent the Steelers from rising to the top of the AFC North.”
3. New England Patriots
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Los Angeles Rams
7. Kansas City Chiefs
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Buffalo Bills