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NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Steelers remain one of the league’s best heading into the bye

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team on the rise as they head into their bye week.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won three games in a row, and are coming off a 20-15 win over the Lions in Week 8 as they head into their Week 9 bye week. After the week that was, the most recent NFL Power Rankings reflect the Steelers as one of the best teams in the league, but their position in some rankings certainly can be head-scratching.

We all realize Power Rankings mean nothing in regards to the overall standings, but it does give fans a chance to debate just where their favorite team ranks among the rest of the NFL.

For the second week in a row, a media outlet has the Chiefs ranked above the Steelers, despite the Steelers beating Kansas City in Arrowhead Stadium just two weeks ago. Count this as just one of the main beefs Pittsburgh fans will have with a lot of these Power Rankings.

They all love the Eagles, and rightfully so, but the Steelers are cemented as a Top 5 team in the NFL.

Check out some of the Power Rankings below:

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. Los Angeles Rams
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“With the Eagles winning big and the Rams on a bye this past weekend, the Steelers stick at No. 3. As noted last week on the "NFL Power Rankings" show (PLUG: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. ET on NFL Network) -- and in this very space -- Keith Butler is doing a bang-up job with this Pittsburgh defense. Sunday night's game served as a textbook example as to why points allowed -- not yards allowed -- should be the top measuring stick for evaluating defensive units. Every time the Lions ventured deep into Steelers territory, Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Joe Haden, somebody made a stop. Glad that game didn't go into overtime. I never know which sides are heads or tails on those special gold coins. See the infomercials at 3 a.m., though -- right after the ads hawking Elvis '68 Comeback Edition plates.”
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. New Orleans Saints
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Jacksonville Jaguars


1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New England Patriots
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
“There are a lot of things going right for the Steelers, but Ben Roethlisberger hasn't necessarily been one of them. He has thrown the third-most interceptions this season (9), and his completion percentage (61 percent) ranks 24th among qualified passers.”
5. Minnesota Vikings
6. Seattle Seahawks
7. Dallas Cowboys
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. New Orleans Saints
10. Houston Texans

Bleacher Report

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New England Patriots
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Pittsburgh survived the game because of two excellent goal-line stands. I just don't know they can survive against the Bradys, the Breeses and the Wentzs of the world.

Pittsburgh's passing game is coming along, and JuJu Smith-Schuster is becoming a legitimate star. What makes the Steelers offense truly dangerous, though, is that it stays patient and leans on the run even when the ground game isn't working early.

The Steelers know who they are as a team. They play sound, disciplined defense, they run the ball, and they get a few deep shots out of Ben Roethlisberger each game. That's enough to beat most teams.

I still worry about the Steelers using this zone defense against top-tier teams and elite quarterbacks. Stafford carved them up on Sunday night, but that zone defense is the reason it is difficult to get touchdowns instead of field goals against them. The Steelers are disciplined in coverage and strong up front.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. Minnesota Vikings
7. Los Angeles Rams
8. Buffalo Bills
9. Carolina Panthers
10. Dallas Cowboys