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Ryan Clark responds to Power Rankings

9/29/2010

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Clark is not only the hard-hitting safety for the Steelers. He's also a very good football analyst on ESPN's "First Take" in his free time.

That is why Clark is never shy to let me know in the locker room when he (usually) disagrees with my Power Rankings. Clark believes I've ranked the Steelers too low this season. So far he's right, as the Steelers (3-0) are one of just three undefeated teams left in the NFL.

This week, Pittsburgh was the No. 1 team in ESPN.com's Power Rankings, but I rated the Steelers the lowest of the panel at No. 4. My reasoning: Pittsburgh isn't a complete team until quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returns.

But we try to let everyone have their say in the AFC North blog. So we summoned Clark Wednesday to get his response.

"If somebody was to say, 'I don‘t think they should be ranked No. 1 based on the players they have in their locker room,' OK, I understand that. But you can also say, 'Even though they don't have all their players this team, as is and the way they're playing, is the best team in the NFL.' It depends on the person's perspective. I'm not going to look at is as, even though we're 3-0 with the collection of players minus Ben, I don't think we're the best team in the league. ... Of course I agree with [ESPN.com's No. 1 ranking]. But do I care? Not really. We still have to go out and play Sunday."

Here are Clark's Power Rankings entering Week 4:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

2. Green Bay Packers (2-1)

3. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

4. New Orleans Saints (2-1)

5. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)

ESPN.com's Top 5:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (2-1)

3. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

4. Green Bay Packers (2-1)

5. Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

Walker's Top 5:

1. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)

2. New Orleans Saints (2-1)

3. Green Bay Packers (2-1)

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

5. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)