The Week 11 NFL power rankings have to recognize the Pittsburgh Steelers, but a Ben Roethlisberger injury could derail the Super Bowl hopes of the franchise. On Monday night (November 12), the Steelers took care of the Kansas City Chiefs, despite having to play most of the second half without their star quarterback. It allowed the Steelers to improve to 6-3 in the updated 2012 NFL standings.
The Steelers are now a strong second place in the AFC North, just one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for another division title. The problem, though, is that Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury against the Chiefs that hasn't been updated to the public. If he has to miss any substantial amount of time, the Steelers could be done as true contenders for the postseason.
As it stands, the win by the Steelers has propelled them to the No. 6 slot in the postseason projections. They would technically be tied with the Indianapolis Colts, but they lose that tie-breaker to become the second wild card team. If everything were to remain the same, it would become a Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots game in the first round. That would certainly be an exciting match-up to see.
This is where the debate begins within the Week 11 NFL power rankings, as the Steelers are tied for the third-best record in the AFC and would also hold the fourth best record in the NFC. Clearly, they are a top 10 team with a healthy roster, but this Ben Roethlisberger injury could derail everything.
Do you think that the Steelers could still make the Super Bowl without Roethlisberger?