Steelers Ranked 13th Overall In AP Preseason Power Rankings

On Tuesday, the Associated Press released their preseason NFL power rankings for the upcoming 2014 season and the Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked 13th overall and behind both the Cincinnati Bengals (9th) and Baltimore Ravens (12th).

While there aren’t any blurbs listed for each team, the AP does reveal the methodology used to determine their rankings.

The AP Pro32 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL’s 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams’ point totals from highest to lowest. The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Top 25 rankings for college football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

Also according to AP, a national panel of 11 voters will participate in the selection process this year. Each voter is among the 50 sports writers and broadcasters who choose the NFL’s individual awards at the end of the season. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering the NFL.

So which voters were responsible for the preseason rankings? According to the report, that panel of 11 consisted of Jenny Vrentas, Jim Miller, John Czarnecki, Tony Dungy, Rick Gosselin, Pat Kirwan, Charean Williams, Bob Glauber, Herm Edwards, Jeff Legwold, Ira Kaufman and Alex Marvez.

It should be noted that Edwards, who is currently an analyst for ESPN, predicted back in May that the Steelers would face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl this year.

2014 AP Preseason Power Rankings

1 Seattle Seahawks*383
2 San Francisco 49ers*360
3 Denver Broncos*356
4 New England Patriots*352
5 Green Bay Packers*329
5 New Orleans Saints*329
7 Indianapolis Colts*301
8 Philadelphia Eagles*290
9 Cincinnati Bengals*266
10 San Diego Chargers*251
11 Chicago Bears*248
12 Baltimore Ravens*242
13 Pittsburgh Steelers*229
14 Kansas City Chiefs*214
15 Carolina Panthers*213
16 Arizona Cardinals*205
17 St. Louis Rams*188
18 Detroit Lions*181
19 Atlanta Falcons*171
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers*170
21 N.Y. Giants*155
22 N.Y. Jets*152
23 Washington Redskins*125
24 Miami Dolphins*105
25 Dallas Cowboys*103
26 Buffalo Bills*81
27 Tennessee Titans*80
28 Houston Texans*77
29 Minnesota Vikings*61
30 Cleveland Browns*48
31 Jacksonville Jaguars*46
32 Oakland Raiders*25

  • treeher

    Seattle numero uno … how many teams have repeated as SB champs? (The Super Bowl has been won consecutively by 7 teams: Green Bay Packers (1967,1968)Miami Dolphins (1973,1974)Pittsburgh Steelers (1975,1976) (1979,1980)San Francisco 49ers (1989,1990)Dallas Cowboys (1993,1994)Denver Broncos (1998,1999)New England Patriots (2004,2005) **Only the Steelers have repeated as champions on two separate occasions.)

  • Jacque Strappe

    So, the Steelers should finish 3rd in the division. Got it.

  • Aric Brown

    I think 13th is fair… They havent shown that they have improved yet and some would even argue that they havent improved even on paper… the other pennsylvania team being ranked so high is very surprising

  • Richard Edlin

    There were 12 voters — you can’t get those scores with 11.

    Seattle had 11 first-ranks and 1 second-rank – overwhelming favouritism.

  • Jason

    A voice of reason. Refreshing

  • Jason

    Richard, if the Steelers won the Super Bowl by 35 pts the previous year and weren’t the overwhelming #1 people would be ready to burn the rankers house down. Seattle deserves to be #1 until proven otherwise. I also think the Steelers #13 ranking is a pretty fair assessment however, I do think we’ll prove to be much better by the end of the year.

  • AzheDraven

    Well, at least the Ravens are not #7 on this list. I’d put Steelers on #10, #9Chargers, #11 Bungals, #12Bears and #13 Ratbirds

  • WilliamSekinger

    After back to back 8-8 seasons Steelers at #13 is fine. They are probably sitting in that spot due to potential and their strong finish last season.

  • James Miles

    The Steelers haven’t shown anything to indicate they should be ranked that high. Realistically we should be ranked 28th. Until I see otherwise, I am going with we are going to suck again.

  • Paddy

    Looks like no playoffs again

  • Kenneth Wilt

    First, this is the “PRESEASON” rankings. These mean nothing. What do I like about this team? Potential…..that is it. All of the changes we have made look like they MIGHT be positive, but I just don’t know right now.

    On D:
    Out Hood, In Thomas
    Out Foote/Williams, In Shazier
    Out Clark, In Mitchell

    All the other changes are depth changes on the Defensive side of the ball other than the fact that Heyward will be a full time starter this year.

    On O:
    Out Velasco, In Pouncey
    Out Sanders, In Wheaton
    Out Cotchery, In Moore

    All other changes again are depth changes, but those look positive on paper and we have a lot of youth who should be a whole year better.

  • Milliken Steeler

    28th? Realistically, explain how you come to that ranking. Besides ” we suck” what makes us finish a few teams from the bottom?

  • Aric Brown

    I can see how you might think they are ranked a little high but 28th is ridiculous… Chiefs Falcons Lions Cardinals and Panthers could all have very good arguments as to being beter than pittsburgh, but beyond that I think you are reaching

  • Aric Brown

    Remind me… When was the last time the defending champs werent preseason #1s

  • ApexSteel

    A few things wrong with your statement. First they were the best team in the last half of the season and on paper they’ve gotten better (That’s how preseason polls are formulated you know. How the team looks on paper) so yes they deserve the ranking. Second, to say an 8-8 team (which isn’t a bad record at all) team should be ranked near the bottom on the league is some remedial analysis. Lastly, we were the 7th best team record wise in the AFC last year and I’m sure you can count and see how many AFC teams are ahead of us right?

  • srdan

    I don’t think we should discuss this offseasons plus and minuses without mentioning munchak.

  • James Miles

    Maybe by a few spots but we were no better than Dallas. That should tell you something. In addition we are all hanging on hope that all of these rookies will perform. To much hope for me!

  • Dan

    One could also say we were a couple fluke plays from being 8-0 in the second half of the season (and 10-2 in the last 3/4s of the season); however last year means nothing in the NFL these days. There are 32 teams that are 0-0 and until the season starts, we should all be ranked tied for first.

  • steeltown

    and Porter

  • treeher

    I assume they always are. Which almost automatically makes the list bogus.

  • Mark

    Valid. Very valid, James.

  • joed32

    Why does anyone care about the rankings?

  • Geoff Cordner

    I know its just a stupid ranking, but I am really starting to dislike the Colts. Are they really the 7th best team in the league?

  • Jason

    They went 11-5 last year with wins over SF,Seattle and Denver. They could very well be 7th or even better.

  • Melly

    Agreeing w/ u about Philly. I live about an hour north of Philly, so all I hear about is Philly this, Philly that!! It seems for the past 15yrs or so, the media always talks up Philly?! 90% of the time I don’t see it(this yr included)!

  • Aric Brown

    I disagree about Dallas, although I dont think we are much better

  • Virdin Barzey

    Well like all opinions its subjective. I think the Eagles will be better than the Colts. I think the Colts take a step back this year. Don’t believe in the Chargers and I think we are better than the Ravens. Yes, I’m bias on the last one but we did finish ahead of them last year. Team to watch out for…AZ