Steelers Disrespected in Latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings

Devon Platana
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been disrespected by the latest ESPN NFL power rankings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been disrespected by the latest ESPN NFL power rankings. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers look to define their identity during the 2022 NFL season in what will be their first campaign in nearly 20 years without Ben Roethlisberger under center. While some have high hopes for the organization to succeed, others do not.

Seth Walder is listing the Steelers as the No. 26th-ranked team on ESPN's latest 2022 NFL power rankings. Even though Pittsburgh is likely to take some kind of step back, to say that they'll be one of the worst teams next season is straight up disrespectful.

Steelers Power Rankings

It's just hard to imagine teams like the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers all finishing ahead of the Steelers.

Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky might not be the best options at quarterback, but they have a great opportunity to succeed with weapons like Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool surrounding them.

Even on defense, it doesn't get much better than the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, T.J. Watt. Add in names like Minkah Fitzpatrick, Devin Bush, Cameron Heyward and rookie DeMarvin Leal and it's easy to see how Pittsburgh's defense could cause issues for the opposition.

Oddsmakers are showing the Steelers a bit more respect than Walder did, but not by much. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving the 'Black and Yellow' +8000 odds to win Super Bowl LVII, which is tied for No. 23 across the NFL.

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