Despite an offseason full of questions, the outlook for the Pittsburgh Steelers is still positive amongst the staffers at NFL.com
In their latest power rankings, coming after the end of the 2020 season with Super Bowl LV on Sunday, the staff ranked the Steelers as the tenth-best team entering the 2021 offseason.
The Steelers’ previously had been ranked 12th after their loss to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the playoffs. They had finished the regular season ranked No. 4.
But the team will look significantly different in 2021, including at quarterback, where the future of Ben Roethlisberger remains up in the air.
“We have — for the first time in a long time — drama at the quarterback position in Pittsburgh,” NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus wrote. “Fresh off the 2020 campaign’s team-wide collapse, Steelers president Art Rooney II said there would have to be “significant concessions” for Ben Roethlisberger to return for an 18th season, and the soon-to-be 39-year-old quarterback replied by telling The Athletic he didn’t care how much the Steelers paid him in 2021. It all points to a reunion of the two sides for one last rodeo, but you wonder if team brass and Mike Tomlin will seriously ponder having a new QB option in the mix come September.”
The Steelers are rated as the fifth-best team in the AFC, but the third-best team in the AFC North, as the Baltimore Ravens checked in at No. 5 and the Cleveland Browns are No. 9. The Kansas City Chiefs (2) and Buffalo Bills (4) are also ahead of the Steelers in the rankings from the AFC, with the Bucs (1), Green Bay Packers (3), New Orleans Saints (6), Seattle Seahawks (7) and Los Angeles Rams (8) rounding out the top 10.
The Steelers will play at Buffalo, Green Bay and Kansas City in 2021 in addition to two games each against Baltimore and Cleveland.