Cincinnati Bengals: Power Rankings Roundup Week 17


The Cincinnati Bengals looked like they were going to run away with their Monday night matchup against the Denver Broncos. Then the second half started and it neither side looked like the same team we saw in the first half. The loss puts the Bengals on the outside of the top two spots and a first round bye, but how did they do in the power rankings? Power Rankings: #6

"Including the game in which he was injured, the Bengals are 1-2 since losing Andy Dalton. The Bengals are scoring on 30 percent of drives with AJ McCarron this season (43 percent with Dalton)."

Elliott Harrison of #9

"Where is this team headed? One-and-done in the playoffs? Or can AJ McCarron win a wild-card game if need be? Although McCarron fared admirably Monday night, the offense still only generated three points after the first two drives. Until Andy Dalton returns to the huddle, it will be difficult to gauge the Bengals. We know this, though: Vontaze Burfict can’t commit that penalty in overtime. Tough call on a solid player, but those 15 yards were huge."

Pete Prisco of #5

"They will now likely play the first weekend of the playoffs. That could mean playing without Andy Dalton."

Peter King of #5

"All of Cincy awaits the results of McCarron’s MRI."

USA Today Power Rankings: #6

"Come-from-ahead loss in Denver prevented them from clinching bye week that might prove crucial to QB Andy Dalton’s status."

Elliott Harrison not only still has the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of the Bengals on this list, they also have the Seattle Seahawks, who the Bengals beat earlier and lost this week as well. He gets this weeks, must be drinking some bad Kool-Aid award. They are ranked 5th and 6th in most other power rankings, and that is where I think we can all agree they belong, lets just hope Dalton comes back ready for the playoffs.