“It’s not quite the Steel Curtain defense of the 1970s, but it’s as good as there is in today’s NFL,” Newsday’s Bob Glauber said. “The Steelers solved Lamar Jackson to continue as the NFL’s only unbeaten team, and Ben Roethlisberger continues his remarkable comeback to put Pittsburgh into the Super Bowl conversation.”
The Ravens dropped two spots to No. 5 after the loss.
The Kansas City Chiefs stayed at No. 2 after getting the remaining two first-place votes and finishing with 374 points.
The Seattle Seahawks moved up a spot to No. 3 after handling the San Francisco 49ers.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped two places to No. 4 after holding off the New York Giants on Monday night. The Bucs will play during prime time again this weekend when they host NFC South rival New Orleans on Sunday night. The Saints have won four straight and also gained two spots to No. 6.
“The Bucs and Saints held on for wins to set up the NFC South showdown of the NFL schedule-makers’ dreams this week,” said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.
“The Bucs have emerged as one of the league’s best teams since the rivals last met in Week 1, and now they’ll host the Saints with first place in the division on the line.”
The Green Bay Packers slipped two spots to No. 7 after allowing four touchdowns to Dalvin Cook and losing to the rival Minnesota Vikings.