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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Steelers top Power Rankings again

By James Walker

Two weeks ago, Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the top-rated safety in ESPN.com's Power Rankings.

Last week, the Rooney family was No. 1 among owners, earning first-place votes from half the panel.

On Tuesday, the Steelers continued their streak of Power Rankings success, albeit in a non-conventional category. Pittsburgh was voted as having the best-looking helmet in the NFL, giving the team the top spot for the third consecutive week.

Pittsburgh has a combination of solid colors, symbolism and uniqueness. The three diamond shapes each represent an element of steel, which was once a major industry in Pittsburgh. The Steelers also are the only NFL team with the helmet logo on one side.

Perhaps more than any other Power Ranking, this voting was subject to personal preference. So there's no point in getting too deep with analysis. A total of 26 out of a possible 32 helmets received votes.

It's also worthy to note the Cleveland Browns registered their first top-10 finish in this year's Power Rankings series. The Browns' helmet ranked No. 8 in the NFL. I did not vote for the Browns and actually feel their helmet is one of the worst in the league. But, again, the voting really came down to personal tastes.

ESPN.com's helmet Power Rankings

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Indianapolis Colts

3. Oakland Raiders

4. Green Bay Packers

5. San Diego Chargers

6. Dallas Cowboys

7. Minnesota Vikings

8. Cleveland Browns

9. Chicago Bears

10. Miami Dolphins

Walker's helmet Power Rankings

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Dallas Cowboys

3. Oakland Raiders

4. San Diego Chargers

5. Denver Broncos

6. Seattle Seahawks

7. Washington Redskins

8. New England Patriots

9. Philadelphia Eagles

10. Miami Dolphins