A weekly examination of the Steelers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 16 | Last Week: 27 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Pittsburgh Steelers held steady in the rankings despite giving up the most points in franchise history in a 55-31 loss at New England. The offense kept pace with the Patriots for almost three quarters, but New England scored touchdowns on all four of its possessions in the fourth quarter to blow open the game. Here is a breakdown of the voting:
Ashley Fox: 29
Mike Sando: 22
Kevin Seifert: 28
John Clayton: 28
Dan Graziano: 27
Jamison Hensley: 28
The Steelers are 2-6 for the first time since 2006, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has vowed that he won't let any thoughts of quitting seep into the locker room. The Steelers won six of their last eight games in 2006, and that seems to be a best-case scenario this season given the struggles they have had on both sides of the ball.
The Steelers do play five of their final eight games at Heinz Field, and only three of their remaining opponents have winning records.