AFC Power Rankings Week 15: Patriots back on top, Bengals slide

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Pittsburgh Steelers. 4. player. 55. . AFC North. 8-5

The Steelers leap ahead of their tiger rivals this week because they handed the Bengals a loss in the jungle on Sunday. DeAngelo Williams continued to do his best Le’Veon Bell impression, pacing the Steelers with a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Steelers’ defense made the most impact, however, intercepting Bengals quarterbacks three times, including a William Gay pick-six.

Words can’t describe how huge the Steelers’ Week 15 encounter with the Broncos is in terms of their playoff hopes. The AFC Wild Card race is a muddy situation right now, and the Steelers need to hand the Broncos their second loss in as many weeks if they’re going to keep pace with the likes of Kansas City and New York.

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