Bengals Power Rankings Roundup: Week 5
The Cincinnati Bengals had another win added to their record on Sunday, taking them to 4-0 for the first time since the 2005 season. They watched one team fall from the unbeaten which may have improved them this week in our power rankings round up.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: #3
"They have a huge game this week vs. the Seahawks. For those who still don’t believe in the Bengals, that game will be telling."
ESPN.com Power Rankings: #5 (Coley Harvey, ESPN Bengals anaylyst, hints to disagree)
"Andy Dalton is 4-0 and averaging more than 10 yards per pass attempt. The last quarterback to do that? Kurt Warner in 2000."
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com: #3
"How difficult it must be to gameplan for these Cincinnati Bengals right now. You never know who’s going to get the football or be the focal point of the offense. On Sunday, Giovani Bernard got more touches out of the backfield than Jeremy Hill, but the latter scored three touchdowns. A week after A.J. Green posted 227 yards, he was outgained by Mohamed Sanu (84 yards on four catches), who had posted all of 77 yards combined through the three prior weeks of play. Meanwhile, the run-pass ratio was fantastic, with coordinator Hue Jackson overseeing 26 run plays versus 24 passes. You couldn’t draw it up any better."
Peter King of SI.com’s MMQB: #4
"We all know the Chiefs are exceedingly disappointing on offense—no touchdowns on Sunday at Cincinnati—but what we saw was a Cincinnati defense that chewed through the Kansas City offensive line like it was whipped cream. I like Cincinnati at home Sunday against Seattle, because the one thing the Seahawks absolutely are unable to do is protect and keep the pocket clean for Russell Wilson."
Connor Howe of Stripe Hype: #3
"Andy Dalton is a new man, but it’s not just the quarterback that is powering this team. The Bengals are the NFL’s deepest team from top to bottom, with a vastly improved defense and a high-octane offense. If Cincinnati can handle the Seahawks at home next Sunday, the “Dalton is mediocre” narrative will finally be over."
Peter King is still out of touch in my opinion, but only time will tell. A few weeks ago, he had mentioned about the Bengals not beating Kansas City on a neutral site, which is why he couldn’t move the Bengals ahead of KC. After this past weeks win, found way for a team in the Broncos that had a bad win, almost losing to the Vikings, to keep over the Bengals. ESPN has lost my attention on this matter as well. The Arizona Cardinals got beat in a divisional game that Palmer lost almost by himself on another chance to be a hero, but ESPN said that wasn’t enough to put a 4-0 team over a 3-1 team.
The Bengals will have another big test with the Seahawks in town in week five. If they can overcome the defending NFC Champions, this team will prove for the third straight week that they are the real deal.