- Scott Brown, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter
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A weekly examination of the Steelers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 17 | Last Week: 19 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Steelers, near the bottom of the pack after their first 0-4 start since 1968, have finally climbed above their preseason ranking. The Steelers are easily playing their best ball of the season, and the biggest key to the three-game winning streak that has also vaulted them into the AFC playoff picture: The Steelers are plus-seven in turnover differential during that span. They had four takeaways Sunday in their 27-11 win at Cleveland.
Here is a breakdown of the voting:
Ashley Fox: 16
Mike Sando: 11
Kevin Seifert: 19
John Clayton: 19
Dan Graziano: 17
Jamison Hensley: 17
The Steelers now rank ahead of teams such as the Packers, who had the look of a Super Bowl contender before quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, and the Ravens, who are the defending Super Bowl champions. The Packers and Ravens are No. 17 and No. 18 in the rankings, respectively, and I'm not sure the Steelers have done quite enough to pull ahead of those teams. They can answer any questions about their ranking Thursday night by beating the Ravens in Baltimore. A win would give the Steelers their first sweep of the Ravens since 2008.
1hEric D. Williams