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NFL Week 6 Power Rankings: Steelers Hold Steady During Bye Week

The Steelers had the week off, but the return of Ben Roethlisberger bumps them up in many outlets' weekly NFL power rankings.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were off last week, of course, but let's still check out a sampling of NFL Week 6 Power Rankings from major media outlets across the country.

SB Nation: No. 4 ; Last Week: No.6

Now think about this: The Steelers are now better with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. The 3-1 start was done with backup quarterbacks.


ESPN: No. 1 ; Last Week: No.1

With QB Ben Roethlisberger returning, Pittsburgh has a shot to be the NFL's only dominant team. (Walker)


CBS Sports: No. 4 ; Last Week: No.6

They get a bye and then they get back Ben Roethlisberger. The question now is whether Roethlisberger shows any signs of rust.


FOX Sports Power Rankings: No. 2 ; Last Week: No.2

The Steelers get Roethlisberger back this week from his four-game suspension. If the Browns come within 20 points of Pittsburgh I'd be surprised. This could be the NFL's most complete team from both sides of the ball.


Fanhouse: No. 3 ; Last Week: No.4

Big Ben gets to ease back into the lineup against Cleveland before a three-game road trip (Miami, New Orleans, Cincinnati) with two nationally-televised games. Pittsburgh will surely take its 3-1 record in Roethlisberger's absence, but the four-game punishment did cost the Steelers a home loss to Baltimore, which could loom large as we go along.


National Football Post: No. 3 ; Last Week:3

Ben Roethlisberger returns to the lineup for a club that is playoff ready in October.


Peter King (MMQ): No. 3 ; Last Week: No. 3

Ben Roethlisberger's interview with Merril Hoge was good. The Steelers hope his return to their starting lineup is just as good.

USA Today: No. 3 ; Last Week: No.4

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