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Steelers vs Ravens: Changing the Power Poll Rankings One Team at a Time

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to out run defenders Cody Grimm #35 and Ronde Barber #20 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. The undefeated Steelers won 38-13.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Timothy KesslerAnalyst ISeptember 26, 2010

Who would have ever thought the Pittsburgh Steelers would start the season at 3-0, let alone a possible 4-0?

Not a single person outside of Pittsburgh, that is for sure.

After such a disastrous offseason, where an accusation against their two-time Super Bowl-winning QB led him to being suspended. And then trading their Super Bowl MVP wide receiver for a mere fifth-round draft pick, not too many people were high up on the Steeler's bandwagon before the season started.

In fact, Steeler haters from far and wide were using last season's record and this year's offseason as fuel to feed their argument that the Steelers were in for a horrible season... despite all of our arguing to the contrary.

We tried to explain to those haters the reasons for last season's woes. We tried to explain the fact that those issues were addressed. We tried to explain our defense would be one of the best in the league. But most importantly, we tried to explain that we were in for a great season.

So far, so good.

The Steelers started the season around twenty in most power rankings. After their first win, they moved up to the mid teens. After a second week showcasing a dominating defense, most polls were ranking them in the top ten and even top five.

After week three, I would be surprised if most people don't have them in the top three if not number one.

Right where Steeler fans knew they belonged.

Even the haters know they were wrong, and the Steelers are once again the class of the league.

Heading into week four in sole position of first place in the AFC North, it would be far from shocking to expect another win and a 4-0 record heading into their bye week. Even if the game is against the Ravens... who most people had at the top of their power rankings heading into the season.

How things change.

Unfortunately for the Ravens, depending on how you look at it, they have done just the opposite as far as the power rankings are concerned. As most people had them near the top, and they are falling faster than a house of cards in a wind storm.

Call it karma.

As a lot of Baltimore fans had nothing but negative things to say about the Steelers and their chances before the season started.

Time to reconsider.

If the Steelers continue the offensive showing that they displayed this week with Batch under center, as well as their dominating defense... next week's game will be much different than most people had predicted.

I expect the Steelers will continue improving from week to week.

They have a lot to prove and they are certainly proving themselves. Heck, us "homers" barely even need to stick up for them any longer, as they are doing their talking on the field.

So sorry Baltimore fans, the Steelers will continue their domination of your team by adding to their 4-1 record against them over the past two seasons.

And even if they lose, they will have begun this season 3-1 without their starting QB, and will still be in great position to win the division once he comes back.

The Steelers could not have started the season any better, and could not have proved their doubters any more wrong.

Steelers 20 Baltimore 13... and I'm being generous.

 

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