NFL Power Rankings: Bengals Remain Darkhorse as Playoffs Near

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It’s time to look round the internet at this week’s NFL Power Rankings and where the so-called ‘experts’ believe the Cincinnati Bengals rank compared to the other 31 teams they’re competting with for a shot to play in the Super Bowl at season’s end.


Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) runs the ball down field during the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat Indianapolis Colts 42-28 Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has consistently ranked the Bengals in the 8-10 range over the course of the year, and he believes the play of quarterback Andy Dalton over the next three weeks against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens could ultimately decide where Cincinnati finishes this season:

Andy Dalton has times when turnovers dominate his game but he is starting to look like a QB who can win in the playoffs. Upcoming Steelers and Ravens games will be good tests for his playoff run.


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