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NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Steelers solidify themselves as a Top 3 team after big win

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to rise up the rankings, but how long until they reach the pinnacle is anyone’s guess.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers keep on winning, and with more wins comes more movement up the weekly NFL Power Rankings.

After the team’s 40-17 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, Pittsburgh advanced their record to 8-2, as they entered a long break before facing the Green Bay Packers in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football.

We all, hopefully, realize Power Rankings are meaningless, but they are great fodder for discussion and debate. While the Steelers sit No. 3 in the league on almost all legitimate Power Rankings, you have to wonder what it will take for them to leap frog the Patriots or Eagles? Clearly a win over New England in Week 15 would do the trick, and an Eagles loss along the way will allow doubt to creep in, but the Steelers have to keep doing their job and keep “stacking wins” to climb to the top of the Power Rankings mountain.

Check out the latest Power Rankings below, and feel free to discuss, and debate, these rankings in the comment section below:

ESPN

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New England Patriots
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“The Steelers have held their opponents to 17 or fewer points in five straight games -- all wins. Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown might be the biggest stars in Pittsburgh, but the defense's return to prominence and third overall ranking in the Football Power Index is the biggest triumph for the Steelers this season.”
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Los Angeles Rams
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Seattle Seahawks

NFL.com

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New England Patriots
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Those guys running around in black and yellow tights the other night sure looked familiar. You know, they were scoring and making plays as if they were Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh topped 30 points for the first time this season on the strength of its stars, with no small assist from a once-trounced-upon secondary, at least, by the critics, anyway. That group sure looks deep. Impressive win.”
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Los Angeles Rams
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Detroit Lions

SB Nation

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New England Patriots
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Minnesota Vikings
6. Jacksonville Jaguars
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Detroit Lions

Yahoo!

1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New England Patriots
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Ben Roethlisberger finally had his huge passing game thanks to an uptempo attack and long-awaited explosion from Antonio Brown. But late November, December and January are still built well for Le'Veon Bell and their fast defense.”
4. Minnesota Vikings
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Jacksonville Jaguars
7. Carolina Panthers
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Detroit Lions