Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves in the middle of most NFL power rankings, as high as No. 12 and as low as No. 16 coming off a bye week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely get stronger after a bye week as Rashard Mendenhall, Troy Polamalu, and James Harrison had an extra week for their injuries to heal, but they generally hovered in the same place in many NFL power rankings.
CBS's power rankings actually moved the Steelers up to the 12 spot after the off week, two places higher than last week due to other teams falling while citing the Steelers' mending injury woes. SB Nation's Joel Thorman did the opposite, dropping Pittsburgh two places, but still had them relatively high at No. 13 in his Week 5 NFL power rankings. NFL.com kept the Steelers steady at No. 14, while ESPN didn't move the team from No. 16.
The problem for the Steelers is where their next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, are ranked. SB Nation, ESPN, and NFL.com had Pittsburgh's cross-state foe ranked No. 7 -- to quote Thorman, "That defense is salty" -- while CBS had them at No. 8