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NFL Power Rankings: Are the Steelers a top 10 team?

Power rankings can't agree whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers deserve a spot among the NFL's 10 best teams.

Joe Sargent

The Steelers earned their first convincing victory of the season since Week 2 against the Jets on Sunday when they shut down Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in a 27-12 win. The victory was enough to move them up on almost every power rankings, but the rankings couldn't agree whether or not the Steelers are a top 10 team.

Ryan Van Bibber thinks so as he bumped the team up one spot in his latest power rankings for SB Nation:

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 11, 4-3): If only the Steelers could play all their games at home this season. They cannot. This week, the team travels to New York to play the Giants.

The No. 10 spot was the most popular for the Steelers in the latest group of power rankings, as Brian Billick gave them the tenth spot on his rankings for FOX, while ESPN did as well. Jamison Hensley noted in the ESPN power rankings that Jonathan Dwyer played well for the Steelers in the win:

10. Jonathan Dwyer became the first Steeler to rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games since Willie Parker in 2008. (Hensley)

While Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was very complimentary of the Steelers in his latest power rankings, he did not give them a spot in his top 10. Instead he gave them the No. 11 spot, although he warned teams to watch out for the Steelers in the second half of the season:

11. Ben Roethlisberger is playing unreal football. And they are getting some nice running from Jonathan Dwyer. Watch out for them in the second half.

The Steelers are in for a challenge as they'll travel to face the 6-2 Giants in Week 9 before a home game against the terrible Chiefs in Week 10.

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