The Pittsburgh Steelers had a big win over the weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, which secured first place in the AFC North. The guys over at SB Nation took notice and have the Steelers ranked as the sixth-best team in football in the Week 11 version of their 2011 NFL Power Rankings. Here is their little glimpse into the future.
Looking at the schedules, I'm thinking Pittsburgh is the favorite to win the AFC North. They play the Chiefs, the Browns twice and the Rams down the stretch.
The Steelers were ranked as the ninth-best team a week ago, but the Bengals are suddenly good enough that a win against them means a lot. The one interesting note is that the Baltimore Ravens, who have a worse record than the Steelers, are ranked ahead of them at No. 5. I suppose the two head-to-head wins mean a fair amount in the eyes of the pollsters. The Steelers have an easier schedule, but the Ravens basically have a one-game advantage because of those wins.
For more on the Steelers check out Behind The Steel Curtain.