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Steelers fall near the underside of ESPN NFL power rankings


Sunday’s loss to the Recent York Jets dropped the Pittsburgh Steelers to 1-3 and really brings into query if even a quarterback change can turn this season around. Pittsburgh went with rookie Kenny Pickett within the second half but did not hold off the Jets ultimately. ESPN put out its recent NFL power rankings and the loss cost the Steelers five more spots where they landed at No. 29.

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Here’s what ESPN Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor needed to say in regards to the reason for the autumn based on the team’s continued struggles on the defensive side of the football.

After dropping three straight, there are many issues to point to on the defensive side, but the foundation of it stems from Watt’s absence. Because the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the 12 months tore his pectoral at the tip of regulation in Week 1, the Steelers have given up a mean of 23 points per game and recorded just three total sacks. Watt is the cog within the defense that makes every thing go, and and not using a formidable pass rush, the remainder of the defense isn’t succeeding in picking up the slack.

The one teams ranked lower than the Steelers are the Washington Commanders, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Not exactly good company. The Steelers are preparing for the hardest four-game stretch of the season and will realistically be 1-7 after they hit the bye week.

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