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NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Experts not certain where to rank Steelers after Week 1

After the much-anticipated debut of the Steelers starters, the 21-18 dud has left experts scratching their heads.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 1 game, with all starters available, had been a highly anticipated event in and around the Steel City. But when the dust settled in Cleveland on Sunday after their Week 1 tilt against the Browns, there was a plenty of doubt left on the field.

The puzzlement felt by fans about how to respond to the 21-18 win is echoed by NFL experts who create those oh-so-popular Power Rankings articles each week. Some have the Steelers skyrocketing, while some have them plummeting.

Either way, and though we all understand Power Rankings are meaningless, it causes some friendly debate and discussion throughout the middle of the week as teams ramp up for their Week 2 opponents.

Now to the rankings...

ESPN

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
T.J. Watt became the third player to record two sacks and an interception in his NFL debut since sacks became official in 1982. Possible overreaction: Watt is the defensive playmaker the Steelers have been craving for years, and could make the defense more impactful than Pittsburgh's offense.”
2. Green Bay Packers
3.Atlanta Falcons
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Oakland Raiders
8. Seattle Seahawks
9. Denver Broncos
10. Minnesota Vikings

NFL.com

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. New England Patriots
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Seattle Seahawks
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Steelers fans have lamented for a decade -- basically the entire Mike Tomlin era -- that their team has played down to opponents repeatedly, particularly on the road. At least Pittsburgh was consistent in Cleveland. The refs gained more yards running around chucking flags than the Steelers' ground "attack" (35 on 17 carries). The defense kept the team in the game, but make no mistake, the Browns outplayed Tomlin's group. (Which committed 13 penalties. Yeesh.) The great elixir to create wins out of thin air, of course, is No. 84 in black and gold. Antonio Brown is the best player at his position in pro football. There, I said it.”
9. Detroit Lions
10. Philadelphia Eagles

Yahoo! Sports

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
“It’s a little troubling that they had so much trouble with the Browns and a rookie quarterback. But let’s assume Le’Veon Bell will be better going forward and that will help. The Steelers get the top spot a bit by default, with a close eye on how they look at home against the Vikings in Week 2.”
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Atlanta Falcons
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Oakland Raiders
8. Seattle Seahawks
9. Denver Broncos
10. Minnesota Vikings

CBS Sports

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“It wasn't easy against the Browns, but they found a way. They have to be cleaner going forward.”
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Dallas Cowboys
7. Oakland Raiders
8. Seattle Seahawks
9. Detroit Lions
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers