2011 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Steelers' Win Boosts Pittsburgh In Most Lists

The Steelers thumped the Titans by 21 points to bump their record back over the .500 mark. How did the win affect their placement in the power rankings?

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2011 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: ESPN Panelists Move Steelers To No. 8

The Pittsburgh Steelers showed what they're made of in their big 38-17 victory against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, which proved to be enough for ESPN's panel of power rankings voters to move Pittsburgh a whopping five spots up in its rankings, to No. 8 overall. "It's hard to explain," writes ESPN AFC East scribe James Walker, "but QB Ben Roethlisberger (five passing TDs [against Tennessee]) often plays better when hurting."

The No. 8 ranking is the Steelers' highest since the preseason, when the Worldwide Leader had the defending AFC Champions at No. 3.

Walker voted the Steelers as the league's No. 8 team. Mike Sando and Paul Kuharsky were even more generous than their colleague, putting Pittsburgh at No. 7 on their ballots. John Clayton and Ashley Fox played the Grumpy Gus role this week, as their No. 10 ranking for the Steelers was the club's lowest in this round of ESPN balloting.

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2011 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: CBS Has Steelers In Top 10

The Pittsburgh Steelers still rank among the league's better teams, according to most NFL power rankings released Tuesday. Following the Steelers' 38-17 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans, CBSSports' Pete Prisco moved them up one slot in his rankings, to No. 10 overall. He saw the win as a reflection of the team's resiliency. "They do a great job bouncing back after tough losses," he says. "If they fix that offensive line, they will be in the mix come December."

Pittsburgh was reeling after a 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans the week prior, one in which they lost linebacker James Harrison, a former Defensive Player of the Year, for at least four weeks due to an eye injury, and one which saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sprain his left foot. But they recovered against Tennessee, ending the Titans' three-game win streak in emphatic fashion.

And, as Prisco mentions, the Steelers have a history of recovering after a loss. The Baltimore Ravens, who lead Pittsburgh in the AFC North standings, opened the season with a 35-7 win over the Steelers; the next week, the Steelers responded by blanking the Seattle Seahawks, 24-0. In the future, one hopes, the Steelers won't need to have lost a game in order to dominate in subsequent ones.

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2011 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Steelers Hold Steady In FOX Rankings Despite Big Win

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to form on Sunday when they blasted the Tennessee Titans, 38-17, in their best offensive performance of the 2011 season. The 21-point win brought them slightly closer to the idle Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, but wasn't enough to persuade FOX Sports analyst and former Ravens coach Brian Billick to move them up in his NFL power rankings. They remain at No. 9. Writes Billick:

The Steelers must have been tired of hearing just how old and slow they are. Even without injured LB James Harrison, they completely dominated the Titans on Sunday. On offense, they finally got the running game going like we are accustomed to seeing, albeit from no-name Jonathan Dwyer.

Dwyer, the second-year man from Georgia Tech, made his 2011 debut for the Steelers against the Titans and tallied 107 yards on 11 carries; prior to the game, he had just nine career carries for 28 yards. It was a breakout game for him, as well as for Pittsburgh's offense as a whole.

It's curious, then, that the Steelers' season-best points total, and the fact that they ended a three-game win streak, wasn't enough for Billick to nudge them up even just one spot.

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2011 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Steelers Back In Top Ten

The Steelers are back in the top ten of the SB Nation Power Rankings after that win against the Titans. No, Ben. You.

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