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NFL Power Rankings, Week 11: Steelers in the top spot after 9-0 start – Behind the Steel Curtain

The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, are coming off the ninth week of a journey which has never been done in the history of the game. Playing games amidst a global pandemic.

The league has done tremendous work with protocols and adjustments to make sure this season goes off without a hitch, but even the best laid plans can have their bumps in the road. The Steelers experienced that first hand with an unexpected bye week after the Titans’ outbreak forced their Week 4 game to be moved.

Who do the experts think will be the team to beat this season? Power Rankings are one way to decipher who they like, or don’t like, at any particular juncture of the season. Heading into Week 11, there is a lot which can be expected. The Chiefs find themselves near the top of most rankings, while the Seattle Seahawks or the New Orleans Saints are everyone’s favorite now in the NFC.

Where do the Steelers fall? Well that depends. After a perfect 9-0 start, almost everyone sees the black-and-gold as a Top 3 team. Take a look at some of the Power Rankings below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the rankings in the comment section below!

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

What would they take back: Cutting Jordan Berry

When your team is 9-0, it’s hard to want to take back anything. That leaves us with the punter situation. Searching for more consistent distance, the Steelers cut Berry and signed veteran Dustin Colquitt just before the season. But that experiment didn’t last long when the Super Bowl champ averaged 43.1 yards per punt — lower than Berry’s 45.5 average in 2019. The Steelers cut Colquitt after five games and brought Berry back. Since the switch, Berry has averaged 47.4 yards per punt. The punter switch obviously didn’t cost the Steelers any games, but it made some more stressful than they needed to be.”

2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Green Bay Packers
4. New Orleans Saints
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Los Angeles Chargers
10. Seattle Seahawks


1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger didn’t practice last week after being moved to the COVID-19 list on a close-contact designation. It’s unknown how much of the practice field he would have seen anyway, after sustaining injuries to both knees in last week’s win over the Cowboys. Then, Sunday rolled around, and Roethlisberger did his same ol’ Big Ben routine. The veteran quarterback carved up a depleted Bengals secondary for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-10 win to move the Steelers to 9-0, with the lowly Jaguars on deck. This version of Big Ben — combined with an array of playmakers and a top defense — makes the Steelers easily the No. 1 threat to a Chiefs repeat.

3. New Orleans Saints
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Las Vegas Raiders
9. Arizona Cardinals
10. Los Angeles Rams


1. Pittsburgh Steelers

“They just keep on winning. The good thing is the passing game came alive against the Bengals. They have earned this top spot.”

2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. Las Vegas Raiders
8. Buffalo Bills
9. Miami Dolphins
10. Los Angeles Rams


1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Pittsburgh Steelers

“The Steelers were challenged to put together a complete game defensively and came through against the Bengals. They have to be disappointed by their running game issues, but can’t complain about their dangerous wide receivers compensating for them.”

3. New Orleans Saints
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Buffalo Bills
7. Miami Dolphins
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Los Angeles Rams
10. Baltimore Ravens


1. Pittsburgh Steelers

“The Steelers remain undefeated after breezing past the Bengals on Sunday. They’re the first team to start a season 9-0 since Cam Newton’s Panthers did so in 2015.

Pittsburgh has a real shot at 10-0 as it’ll take on the lowly Jaguars in Week 11.”

2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Buffalo Bills
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Baltimore Ravens
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Indianapolis Colts

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