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NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: Steelers Starting To Turn Heads

The Steelers ascend the Power Rankings of major media outlets across the country after their impressive Week 2 win over the Tennessee Titans.

It wasn't exactly as if the Pittsburgh Steelers were considered an afterthought at the outset of the 2010 NFL season, but let's just say they weren't on too many people's shortlist of potential Super Bowl winners. Through two weeks, however, the Steelers are one of eight teams with a 2-0 record. And the manner in which they've won the past two Sundays has the talking heads finally paying attention to the black and gold. Let's take a look at where the Steelers are listed in several notable media outlets' Week 2 Power Rankings.

Media Outlet
Week 2 Rank
Week 1 Rank
SB Nation 5 10 The Steelers ability to sustain their success despite missing Ben Roethlisberger is impressive. They'll have a good shot at starting 3-0 against the Bucs next week. It looks like, as usual, the Steelers will be a very good team (and even better when Roethlisberger returns).
Pro Football Talk 2 N/A Whatever Troy Polamalu is getting paid, it's not nearly enough.
ESPN 5 10 With a punishing defense, it's scary to think how good the Steelers will be when QB Ben Roethlisberger returns (Walker)
FOX Sports 2 3 Once they get starting QB Ben Roethlisberger back from his four-game  suspension, the Steelers could very well be the AFC's best team. It's amazing how getting DE Aaron Smith and SS Troy Polamalu back healthy can seemingly make their defense dominant once again. The Buccaneers are in  for a dose of reality this week.
CBS Sports 4 11 To be 2-0 without Ben Roethlisberger is telling for this team. They won't always be pretty, but they will be ready for a fight.
NFL Fanhouse 5 9 The Steelers had 21 net passing yards Sunday and still won rather easily against a team picked by many to go to the playoffs. Because of injuries and heat exhaustion, Pittsburgh played at times in the second half with its fourth-string quarterback, one offensive line starter and a backup nose tackle. With the way Troy Polamalu, Lawrence Timmons and the rest of the defense are playing, it may not matter if fifth-string QB Antwaan Randle-El is handing off against the Bucs. --J.J. Cooper
NFL Network 3 N/A 2-0 without Big Ben, and now without Dennis Dixon. They’re winning ugly but making a big statement.

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