The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to No. 19 ESPN’s FPI rankings after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, dropping the team farther out of a projected playoff spot.
The Steelers dropped two spots down from No. 17, but were leapfrogged by the San Diego Chargers, who jumped up from No. 18 to No. 15 after beating the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pittsburgh is currently behind three of the four AFC division leaders, along with Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles and New England. The Steelers are one spot ahead of AFC South leaders Tennessee, which is ranked 20th.
The Bengals rose three spots to No. 23 after beating the Steelers.
ESPN’s FPI rankings are objective rankings that evaluated teams based on their level of success per play based on historical expectations compared to down and distance on both offense and defense.