A weekly examination of the Steelers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 16 | Last Week: 25 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The Steelers’ slide continues, and their place near the bottom of the Power Rankings is surprising for a couple of reasons. First, these are the Steelers, the franchise that has won a record six Super Bowls, a team that has never had a losing season under seventh-year coach Mike Tomlin. Also, the Steelers have been in all three games they have played. That’s not to say this team should be 3-0 or even 2-1, but it has at least given itself a chance to win every week.
The myriad reasons why the Steelers are still winless, though, justifies the low ranking. The offensive line has been a sieve, and the offense has barely been functional except for Sunday night, when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tapped into the sandlot style that has served him so well. Roethlisberger, however, committed four turnovers and the Steelers are now minus-nine in turnover differential.
A once fearsome defense has to share the blame for the Steelers' losing the early turnover battle in a big way. It has no takeaways, and what is most surprising and disconcerting about that is its best playmaker, Troy Polamalu, has stayed healthy so far and has looked terrific. The Steelers travel across the Atlantic Ocean later this week, and the most promising aspect of their London trip is that they will play another 0-3 team when they battle the Minnesota Vikings.