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NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Experts continue to buy the Steelers as top contenders

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 and experts continue to be buyers on the Black-and-gold so far in the 2017 regular season.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of just a handful of NFL teams who have started the year off 2-0 and, by accomplishing this feat, the team has been bumped up in most NFL Power Rankings as Week 3 is set to kickoff this Thursday night.

So let’s take a look at the weekly rankings by several media outlets to see just where the Black-and-gold rank after beating the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.

I realize Power Rankings are completely meaningless—just someone’s overall opinion of how good or bad teams are in any given week, but if they’re good for anything, it’s debate about the “expert” selections.

Without further ado, it’s time to wrap your heads around this week’s Power Rankings:


1. Atlanta Falcons
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Le'Veon Bell might be off to a slow start, but the other Steeler B's aren't. Ben Roethlisberger has completed 21 passes for 16 yards per catch to Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant this season. Pittsburgh is off to a 2-0 start for the second straight year.”
4. New England Patriots
5. Oakland Raiders
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Denver Broncos
8. Dallas Cowboys
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Baltimore Ravens

CBS Sports

1. Atlanta Falcons
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Here's another team that hasn't been as good as expected on offense. Maybe Le'Veon Bell missing the preseason matters now.”
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. New England Patriots
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Oakland Raiders
7. Denver Broncos
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Detroit Lions

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Oakland Raiders
3. New England Patriots
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
“Ben Roethlisberger at home is a different guy. Perhaps when he spoke of the "Heinz Field" mystique, he was having some kind of Freudian slip -- because the Steelers' franchise quarterback often slips on the road. But on Sunday, Roethlisberger was efficient, capitalizing on a couple of early opportunities in the red zone and not turning the football over on a day when his defense was not exactly challenged by Vikings backup Case Keenum. Meanwhile, Lumbergh caught Le'Veon Bell before he got out of the facility this week. The Steelers need the shifty back, who logged just 91 yards on 31 touches, to start coming in on Sundays.”
6. Denver Broncos
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Detroit Lions
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SB Nation

1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Denver Broncos
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. Detroit Lions
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. New England Patriots
10. Miami Dolphins
(These are SB Nation’s “hope” rankings)