NFL Power Rankings: Steelers leap to top 10

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
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A look at how the AFC North teams stand in ESPN's NFL power rankings. I don't have a vote, but I can certainly chime in:

RAVENS

Power ranking: No. 5

Record: 3-1

Comment: The Ravens hold down the fifth spot for a third straight week, ranking behind Green Bay, New England, New Orleans and Detroit. You can still make an argument that they've been the most dominant team in the AFC. Baltimore has defeated the Steelers, Rams and Jets by an average margin of 25 points.

STEELERS

Power ranking: No. 8

Record: 3-2

Comment: The Steelers are back where they belong in the top-10. Pittsburgh received plenty of respect in this week's poll. The Steelers are the highest-ranked team with two losses and are ahead of two one-loss teams (San Francisco and Washington). But they are clearly better than those teams.

BENGALS

Power ranking: No. 20

Record: 3-2

Comment: The Bengals are getting no respect. Cincinnati sits behind three teams with losing records: the Jets, Bears and Falcons. Sure, the Bengals have soft wins over the Browns and Jaguars but their victory over Buffalo should carry more weight. It's going to be hard for the Bengals to make much of a move when they're playing Indianapolis and Seattle in their next two games.

BROWNS

Power ranking: No. 23

Record: 2-2

Comment: It must've been a bad bye week because the Browns dropped one spot. The reason is the Seahawks leapfrogged in front of them after their surprising win over the Giants. The Browns' record has an asterisk by it because their wins have come against two winless teams. That's a tough argument to counter at this point.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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