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NFL Power Rankings: Steelers solidify their spot in the Top 5 after Week 4

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious in Week 4, and they improved in the weekly NFL Power Rankings because of it.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team who is tough to gauge at the quarter mark of the season. The defense has performed better than most would admit, outside of the Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears, but the offense has under-performed to everyone’s standards heading into the regular season.

However, regardless of over or under performing and expectations, the Steelers are 3-1 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC North. Coming off a big divisional win at M&T Bank Stadium over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4, it is time to check in on the NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 5.

While we realize Power Rankings are completely meaningless, they always create great football discussion among fans. The NFL seems to be a big, jumbled mess this year so far, so the Steelers’ spot in these rankings is everywhere from just in the Top 10, to a Top 5 team.

Time to check out the rankings...and let the debate begin!

ESPN

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Atlanta Falcons
4. Denver Broncos
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
“The offense was supposed to make all the headlines, but the Steelers have quietly allowed the second-fewest points per game (14.8) this season. It might not be the "Steel Curtain," but it's led to a 3-1 record and first place in the AFC North.”
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. New England Patriots
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. Detroit Lions
10. Houston Texans

NFL.com

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Detroit Lions
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Make no mistake: That was a statement game from the Steelers. Blowing out the rival Ravens by three scores -- at their place -- showed something. And given that Antonio Brown gained just 34 yards (and had a 34-gallon tantrum on the sideline), Pittsburgh's offensive showing vs. Baltimore's defense is even more encouraging. No Steeler receiver eclipsed 50 yards, which is odd. Until you see that Le'Veon Bell touched the ball 39 times! The best RB in football racked up 186 total yards and a pair of tugs, to boot. Meanwhile, his team booted the Ravens out of a first-place tie in the AFC North.”
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Denver Broncos
9. Washington Redskins
10. Los Angeles Rams

CBS Sports

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Denver Broncos
6. Detroit Lions
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Buffalo Bills
9. New England Patriots
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
“They got Le'Veon Bell going against the Ravens, which they needed to do. The defense was impressive as well.”