The 2013 regular season is over, and that means this is the final set of NFL Power Rankings for all 32 teams. First, here’s a look at how various media outlets, football pundits and others rank all 32 NFL teams.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was high on the Cincinnati Bengals coming into 2013, tabbing them No. 7 in his preseason rankings. After a season full of big wins, overtime losses, season-ending injuries to pivotal players and the emergence of Andy Dalton, he ranked them No. 6 in his final rankings.
ESPN’s panel of experts together ranked the Bengals No. 7, and they believe turnovers will make or break them in the playoffs:
Turnovers could decide Cincinnati’s postseason fate. The Bengals have committed 30, most of any playoff team, but have forced 31, third most in the NFL.
Jason Chilton of SB Nation tabbed Cincinnati No. 6 in his final rankings, noting how the Bengals overcame tremendous odds to even get to this point:
The theme of Cincy overcoming its quarterback was on display yet again in their win over Baltimore, but it’s not a formula that betokens playoff success. The Bengals’ D has acquitted itself admirably after losing Geno Atkinsand Leon Hall. They’ll need Andy Dalton to play above his head a la 2012 Joe Flacco to have any shot at hardware in the postseason.