Steelers Moving Up in NFL Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 3-0 on the young NFL season with a 28-21 win over the Houston Texans. Pittsburgh was expected to make a jump in offensive productivity this season with the return of Ben Roethlisberger and their defense may be the best in football.

The team, through 3 games, has shown glimpses of greatness and some experts are starting to take note. CBS Sports already has the Steelers ranked as their third best team in the NFL.

ESPN Power Rankings

Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

This Weeks Rank: 7

Previous rank: 11

So, they’re not quite flourishing, but they’re not playing horribly, either. Through three games, JuJu Smith-Schuster has already matched his 2019 touchdown production with three scores but is averaging 9.4 yards per catch — down from 13.1 a year ago. And even though Roethlisberger has made establishing a connection with Diontae Johnson a priority, he is underperforming despite a huge number of targets. The slower start is not entirely unexpected, though. Roethlisberger is still working on his own rhythm. A week ago, he praised his receivers for being in the right places and running the right routes, blaming himself for not getting the ball to them. — Brooke Pryor

 

NFL.com Power Rankings

Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

This Weeks Rank: 4

Previous rank: 4

The Steelers closed the Texans out like Mariano Rivera on Sunday. Mike Hilton’s interception early in the fourth quarter set up a long Pittsburgh touchdown drive, which was followed by a three-and-out by the Houston offense, which was followed by another grinding Steelers drive that ran out the clock. Pittsburgh was outplayed in the first half by a desperate Houston team, but the defense shut out Deshaun Watson and Co. in the second half, finishing with five sacks overall. The running game shined, too, as James Conner and Anthony McFarland Jr. went over 150 yards combined on just 24 carries. The Steelers can beat you in so many ways.

 

CBS Sports Power Rankings

Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

This Weeks Rank: 3

Previous rank: 4

They are 3-0 and I get the idea they haven’t played their best football yet. Ben Roethlisberger is getting there.

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