Following their mostly-impressive 27-20 road victory over the Bills this past Sunday (a score that is rather misleading, with regards to how dominant they were), the Steelers continue to climb in the latest NFL power rankings.
Pittsburgh moves up three spots to sixth place in NFL.com’s latest power rankings, and writer Elliot Harrison offers this little tidbit regarding running back Le’Veon Bell’s historic performance in-which he set the club’s single-game mark with 236 yards rushing versus Buffalo:
“Start thinking about all the productive running backs the Steelers have boasted since their inaugural season in 1933, and Le’Veon Bell’s franchise-record 236 yards on Sunday becomes even more impressive. John Henry Johnson, Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Barry Foster, Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall all posted 1,000-yard seasons in black and gold. Former Steelers running back–and Supreme Court Justice–Byron “Whizzer” White never did it, despite leading the league in rushing. Ditto “Bullet” Bill Dudley. Thirty-eight carries for the Steelers back on Sunday. Now that’s what I call a Bell cow (Nailed it!) Eat your heart out, Zeke.”
For reasons that are clear only to the World Wide Leader, ESPN.com drops Pittsburgh three spots to eighth place this week, this despite a fourth-straight victory.
Things make slightly more sense over at CBSSports.com, which moves the Steelers up one spot to 10th place, while USA Today keeps Pittsburgh in eighth place for the second week in a row.
Will the Steelers stock continue to rise this week, provided they travel to Paul Brown Stadium and walk away with an important road victory?