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NFL Power Rankings 2012: Steelers on the rise in polls

The Pittsburgh Steelers have risen in the majority of power ranking polls after Sunday's divisional win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Karl Walter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have risen five spots in this week's power ranking poll from SB Nation, claiming the No. 11 overall spot.

After defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in primetime on Sunday night, the Steelers recorded their first road win of the season and managed to do it against a divisional opponent. With the team's last three contests being decided by a margin of three points or less, Pittsburgh managed to defeat the Bengals by a touchdown.

SB Nation's Joel Thorman praised the team's ability to win on the road as well as defeat a division opponent. However, he raised questions about the team's aging roster and their ability to deal with injuries.

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com also touched on this sentiment but praised running back Jonathan Dwyer's ability to fill in for injured backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman with his second career 100-yard rushing performance. He placed the team at No. 12 overall, which was three spots up from last week.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com also placed the Steelers at No. 12 overall and discussed the quality of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's play. ESPN.com had the Steelers ranked at No. 10 overall, which was the highest of any poll.

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