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Sports Illustrated gives their take on the Steelers in the their Power Rankings

Martavis Bryant

Many experts are throwing out their early power rankings, and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke is out with his version of power rankings, and he’s got the Steelers ranked 4th in the NFL overall.

Here’s what he has to say about where the Black and Gold stand as OTA’s for the team get underway.

The Steelers are an Aston Martin with a duct-taped fender. At their absolute ceiling, they could be a dominant club thanks to what can be close to an unstoppable offense. But persistent injury concerns for Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell, questions in the secondary and Martavis Bryant’s suspension all could lower the value.

Here’s what Burke has to say about all 32 teams in the league – Click HERE

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DaveB.

    May 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I dont worry about Roethlisberger and Bell as much as I do the patchwork secondary that will be taking the field . The D line and linebackers , barring injury , are more than capable . The back end has far more questions than answers . The Martavis Bryant suspension will hurt the offense when it comes to stretching an opposing defense . Bottom line , it a stupid selfish stunt that didnt have to happen . Now a career hangs in the balance .

  2. DrGeorge

    May 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Burke’s emphasis on the offense is misguided; as DaveB. correctly notes, it is the defense that will determine where the Steelers finish this year. Our thinness at QB only emphasizes the obvious: we rely too much on Ben R’s heroics because the D can’t hold a lead. The Broncos won the Super Bowl despite a QB with a spent arm; the Broncos’ defense stopped the Panthers repeatedly. When our D can match that effort, we will be contenders too.

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