Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) runs during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Its time for our weekly look at how the world views the Cincinnati Bengals compared to the other 31 teams in the NFL. After bouncing back from a opening-night blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a win over the lowly Cleveland Browns didn’t do much to show bloggers, writers, and journalists from all over that the Bengals are a true contender just yet:
ESPN placed them at #16, up two spots from last week:
"The Bengals’ biggest concern is the defense, which surprisingly is ranked 30th after finishing No. 7 a year ago."
They also mentioned the Bengals in their Extra Points piece, questioning whether the Bengals were being overrated:
"With a defense that made the Cleveland Browns look like stars, and an offense limited by Andy Dalton and his inability to deal with pressure (10 sacks taken, 3-of-10 passes complete under pressure through two weeks), is No. 16 not too high for the Bengals?"
The National Football Post gave the Bengals good reviews, pegging them at #14, one of the higher rankings the Bengals have received:
"14. (18) Cincinnati Bengals (1-1): The Bengals got the win over Cleveland, but after two weeks they lead the league is sacks given up (10)."
NFL.com’s power poll had them at #20, which was actually lower than last week’s #19 ranking. Apparently they didn’t like their performance against the lowly Browns.
Pro Football Talk may have the most simple, yet honest and accurate review of the Bengals thus far:
"21. Bengals: They continue to win the games they should, and lose the games they should."
Agree? Disagree? Leave your comments below as to where you think the Bengals should be ranked.