Power Rankings: No. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers

A weekly examination of the Steelers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 16 | Last week: No. 28 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Apparently the Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t the worst team in the NFL despite what quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the team dropped to 0-4. Roethlisberger, however, was not far off, according to the ESPN.com Power Rankings. The Steelers slipped another spot after their fourth-quarter rally fell short in a 34-27 loss to the Vikings, and they are ranked ahead of only the Giants, Buccaneers and Jaguars. Here is a voting breakdown:

Ashley Fox: 29

Mike Sando: 26

Kevin Seifert: 31

John Clayton: 28

Dan Graziano: 29

Jamison Hensley: 29

As stunning as it is to see the Steelers so low, it is hard to argue with their ranking. Yes, they have been in every game this season, but a team that always used to find a way to win is now finding ways to lose. The offense came to life in London but the defense collapsed, and so it goes for the Steelers, who have started a season 0-4 for the first time since 1968, the year “60 Minutes” was born. The Steelers have yet to put together a solid 60 minutes of football, and until they do so, they will continue to lag near the bottom of the Power Rankings.