Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Cincinnati Bengals rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 26.8 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

They are the favorites to be the really fun bad team. Joe Burrow is coming off of a 60-touchdown college season and a national championship. Reports out of Bengals camp were encouraging, and Burrow's teammates seem to have taken a liking to him. Cincinnati's offensive line still has questions, and while the defensive talent is better than last season, it's still not good. Having said all that, watching Burrow play football again -- now at the NFL level -- is one of the things I'm most looking forward to this season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They will be much improved this season with Joe Burrow at quarterback. The offense should be good. But I still think they are a year away, and will be a playoff team in 2021.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

Did you know Joe Mixon is one of three backs (Ezekiel Elliott, Chris Carson) to rush for at least 1,100 yards each of the past two years? And probably reasonable to expect more in 2020.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

How will Joe Burrow adjust to being an NFL starting quarterback?

Ben Baby: The Bengals haven't hidden their intention to have Burrow be the Week 1 starter. By all accounts, Burrow is further along than other rookies. But with a lack of preseason reps against other teams, how will the former Heisman winner adjust to game speed at the pro level? The season opener against the Chargers could be a good barometer for how Burrow will fare this season. -- Rank: 27

We're not going to throw a parade in Chris Wesseling's hometown of Cincinnati or anything, but good on the Bengals for keeping things simple this summer. There was never a doubt that anyone other than No. 1 pick Joe Burrow would be the starter when the season began. The Bengals believe Burrow is the franchise-resetting superstar they've been looking for since the salad days of Carson Palmer. With limited practices and no preseason, Burrow will make mistakes. And Cincy can live with that, as long as he delivers the big plays and excitement that's been missing from the organization for years. A new era begins.

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