NFL Power Rankings: Bengals Remain Darkhorse as Playoffs Near

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Nov 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) gets tackled by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) at M

The Baltimore Sun ranked the Bengals at No. 7, four spots ahead of the Ravens whom they’re still trying to hold-off for the AFC North Title, but could still very-well host in the Wild Card round of the playoffs after hosting them for the regular season finals in Week 17.

 

Jason Chilton of SB Nation tabbed Cincy at No. 7, noting how the roles were revered this week as Andy Dalton actually helped the team overcome a sloppy performance by the defense:

The Bengals’ defense got sloppy in the second half – especially on the season’s most shameful tackling display on a Terrell Owens Jim Brown Thor Lavon Brazill touchdown, but the game was never in doubt thanks to Cincy’s offensive explosion. It’s hard to know whether this was a Jekyll or Hyde performance for Andy Dalton, since Jekyll was technically “good” but Hyde was much more powerful.

 

Josh Sanchez of Fansided pegged the Bengals at no. 8, right behind the Carolina Panthers and ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

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    I like how they pegged Cincinnati as sloppy defense yet they held the Colts scoreless in the 1st half. It gave them enough distance to really keep this game from getting too close!