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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Pittsburgh Steelers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Regular season in five words or fewer: Before and after the bye

The Steelers are where they are entering Week 18 -- fighting for a chance to make the playoffs -- because of the bye week transformation. After starting 2-6 with an unceremonious halftime benching of Mitch Trubisky in favor of Kenny Pickett in Week 4, the Steelers rallied after the Week 9 bye to go 6-2 down the stretch. Not only was the defense bolstered by T.J. Watt's return, but the young offense grew up as the team started meeting differently and bought in to the game plan, and perhaps most importantly, into each other.

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

"Kenny F------ Pickett." Apparently, those were the three words uttered by Mike Tomlin to Kenny Pickett seconds after the rookie quarterback led the Steelers on the second late go-ahead touchdown drive in as many weeks in a dramatic prime-time win over the rival Ravens. Pickett has made strides over the course of his first season and shows poise not usually seen from a young QB. It makes him a snug fit for a Pittsburgh team that -- with its T.J. Watt-led defense and improving running game -- needs a quarterback who can run the offense in a smart and efficient manner. It's extremely promising to see Pickett already at this place in his development. And stunningly, given the 2-6 start to the season, the Steelers can still make the playoffs with a home win over the Browns and some outside help.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

Kenny Pickett is growing up before our eyes. His late-game drives to victories the last two weeks were impressive.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Beat Cleveland, and Pittsburgh averts HC Mike Tomlin's first sub-.500 season and maybe even sneaks into the playoffs at the 11th hour for the second straight year. Regardless, it appears the first-round selection of QB Kenny Pickett -- he's thrown a last-minute, game-winning TD pass the past two weeks -- was a wise one by since-retired GM Kevin Colbert.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 16

We have to talk about Mike Tomlin as NFL Coach of the Year. He might not win it but deserves consideration. It amazes me that some Steelers fans don't like Tomlin. If Pittsburgh finishes above .500, Tomlin steps even closer to Hall of Fame consideration. He has done an outstanding job this season.

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