Pittsburgh Steelers: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#14)

Last week: 21 (+7)

Record: 5-7

Pittsburgh is ahead of Baltimore despite their loss in Baltimore. That’s because the Ravens/Steelers Thanksgiving game was a must win for just Baltimore. Pittsburgh beat Baltimore in Pittsburgh earlier this year and a win in Baltimore would have given them the tiebreaker. Pittsburgh is now a game back, but also has the easier schedule and has played better football this season. 3 of Pittsburgh’s final 4 games are at home, with a home game against Cincinnati being their only game against a current playoff team, while Baltimore goes to both Cincinnati and Detroit, in addition to a home game against New England. The Steelers are also the only one with a road win in the division (@ Cleveland), which will help them with the 2nd tiebreaker. The Steelers also rank 15th in DVOA, as opposed to 23rd for Baltimore. I still think they’ll get the 6th seed. Barely losing in Baltimore is nothing to be ashamed of.

Week 12 Studs

RT Marcus Gilbert

LOLB Jason Worilds

CB William Gay

SS Troy Polamalu

FS Will Allen

Week 12 Duds

ROLB Jarvis Jones

CB Ike Taylor

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