NFL Power Rankings: Steelers to No. 3

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:


Power Ranking: No. 3

Record: 6-2

Comment: The Steelers' impressive win over the Patriots moves them up two spots to No. 3, which is the right spot for them. The only teams above them are the unbeaten Packers and the one-loss 49ers. Of course, you could argue that the Steelers should be No. 2 because they beat last week's No. 2 team (the Patriots).


Power Ranking: No. 4

Record: 5-2

Comment: The Ravens move back into the top 5 because the Patriots and Saints both lost. This is a generous ranking for the Ravens after losing at Jacksonville and struggling mightily in the first half against Arizona. Sure, you could say the Ravens should be above the Steelers because of their win head-to-head. But it's hard to make a case for that after Pittsburgh beat New England and the Ravens barely beat Arizona.


Power Ranking: No. 14

Record: 5-2

Comment: Over the past two weeks, the Bengals have moved up four spots but that's not enough. Cincinnati is one of nine teams with two or fewer losses, and the Bengals aren't close to breaking into the top 10. Four three-loss teams -- Jets, Falcons, Texans and Bears -- are all above them. Maybe a win at Tennessee on Sunday will convince voters.


Power Ranking: No. 24

Record: 3-4

Comment: No problem here with the Browns staying at No. 24. They did lose to the current No. 2 team on the road. The only head-scratcher is the Vikings (2-6) moving past them. Minnesota only beat the Panthers (2-6), right? Not sure if that deserves moving Vikings five spots to No. 23.