2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Rams climb after shutting out Cardinals in London

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2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2)

A few weeks ago, there were concerns over whether the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to end up being a team to beat in the AFC following an embarrassing loss at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars in which Ben Roethlisberger tossed five interceptions. But with Le’Veon Bell finally looking like his old self by causing all sorts of problems for opposing defenders, the Steelers’ offense is finally playing at that elite level to make them serious contenders in the conference.

One week after shredding the defense of the Kansas City Chiefs, Bell picked up right where he left off when facing Cincinnati after finishing the day with 192 yards from the line of scrimmage to help Pittsburgh earn the 29-14 win. At this rate, the Steelers’ offense is becoming more and more difficult to stop each week, and Mike Tomlin’s team is clearly the favorites to win the AFC North when looking at all of the struggles surrounding the other three teams.

The key factor surrounding Pittsburgh moving forward will be whether or not this team can remain healthy on both sides of the football when looking at some of the injuries they’ve dealt with at times over the years. But at least for now, the Steelers can simply enjoy looking like a dangerous threat once again.