Bengals Power Rankings Roundup: Week Three

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Sep 20, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals celebrate a touchdown by tight end Tyler Eifert (85) in the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have been the target of both criticism and praise as the season got under way only two week ago. Now, they are climbing back up the ladder of the power rankings, a legitimate threat to make a fifth straight playoff appearance, and dare I say it, actually win a playoff game. I am not the only one who has taken notice. In fact, here is the week three power rankings for your Cincinnati Bengals:

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com: #4 

"Say what you want about Andy Dalton, but he sure looked mighty fine Sunday in front of the home folk in Cincinnati. Perhaps the most underrated offseason development this year was the return to health of receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert. Each have contributed heavily thus far, with Jones’ reception of an on-target bomb from the Red Rifle being the highlight of the win over San Diego. #2-0"

ESPN.com Power Rankings: #6 

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"In two games, Andy Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception, hasn’t fumbled and hasn’t been sacked. Not a bad way to start the season."

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: #5

"At 2-0, they’ve looked as good as any team in the league. The Jeremy Hill fumbles have to be concerning."

Fansided.com Staff: #5

"Cincinnati has a pair of impressive victories over AFC West foes in the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. The Bengals have watched quarterback Andy Dalton throw down the field and into tight windows, resulting in some beautiful touchdowns. The Bengals continue to face a rough slate in the next two weeks with games against the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs, but there is no reason to believe Cincinnati will fall apart as it has in recent years."

Connor Howe of StripeHype.com: #4

"The Bengals look like one of the NFL’s most improved teams, thanks to fully healthy pass-catchers Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones. With a surging defense, a somewhat reliable running game and a quarterback who is on fire, Cincinnati has it all. And withVontaze Burfict set to return from the PUP list in Week 7, this team could be even better than it already is."

The Bengals are consistent near the top, whether it is the bias idiots in us or the unbiased nature of the ESPN writers, the Bengals are one of the top teams in football and only they can ruin it. They will enter week three against the Baltimore Ravens on the road, a place they won last year and a team they have won the last three straight meetings. If the Bengals get to 3-0, they could break the top five in every power ranking, and get into the top three in a few.

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