It's a hugely subjective process in which I try to account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.
Where do the Pittsburgh Steelers currently rank?
After their Week 8 loss to the Saints, the Steelers were in the second spot. It was a loss, but the victor was at home, just happened to win the Super Bowl last year and is making a resurgence after a shaky first part of the year.
In Week 9, the Steelers got back on track with a victory in impressive fashion. A win over a divisional opponent in a road game is big. I don't care what the records of the teams are. When it comes to division games, you basically flip a coin.
The Steelers did let the Bengals make a comeback in that game, undoubtedly giving some Terrible Towel wavers heartburn as they put the game in the hands of Carson Palmer on the last drive in the final minutes of the game. With the Patriots losing by 20 to the Browns in Week 9, the Steelers had reclaimed the top spot.
Week 10 had the big showdown between two of the teams I've had in the top five for the majority of the time I've been doing my Power Rankings and with the loss, Pittsburgh dropped to the No. 6 spot. Losses at home are far more devastating than road losses, as elite teams should be determined to win at least the eight games played that season on their home turf.
The Steelers had the home field advantage and came up short. With the Falcons winning their game, the Packers having a bye week and the Jets picking up a win, the top five got shaken up quite a bit.
The Steelers got back on track with a huge win over the Raiders in Week 11. Then came the road trip to Buffalo. Sure, Pittsburgh beat the Bills in Week 12, but they were ONE reception away from losing. To Buffalo. To a team which only has two wins this season. Not good. It was a road game, but still, it's the Buffalo Bills.
Week 13 was a good sign for the Steelers, with their three-point win on the road against their division rivals in Baltimore, but keep things in perspective. The win was only by 3 points and the Steelers lost to Baltimore in Pittsburgh earlier in the season, so this was a bit of redemption, but it doesn't necessarily speak to which team is better. Still, the Ravens are a top quality team and the win did get the Steelers to 9 wins, so you can bet that they're ranked better than Baltimore in these rankings.
Did the Steelers do enough to get ahead of Atlanta, Green Bay, New England, the Saints, the Bears or Jets? There are plenty of reasons why Pittsburgh might be ranked better than some (if not all) of those teams, which I could explain if I had tons of time to write an article three times this size, but I don't have the time or energy and I doubt people would keep reading, because I know what you really want is the rankings.
For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website, www.GuysNation.com! Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 14!
You also might like the dueling NFL Week 14 picks article on GuysNation.com, a new(ish) feature where the games on a given week's NFL schedule are debated amongst myself and another author on my site (who just happens to be a LIFE LONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN).