Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 17.8 (T-17th)
  • Best ranking: 17th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Joe Burrow is still feeling his way back into the offense after last season's knee injury. In the Week 3 win over Pittsburgh, Burrow audibled to a designed QB run, something he said he didn't know if he'd still be able to do coming into the season. His numbers should get better as the season progresses. Burrow has looked to be too aggressive at times this season, which has contributed to his four interceptions through three games. But given his strengths in decision-making and accuracy, those miscues should taper off as the campaign goes on. -- Ben Baby -- Rank: 19

Entering Week 3, only one team had allowed more sacks than the Bengals. This was a terrible trend, especially coming off a 2020 season in which No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow suffered a ghastly knee injury due to faulty blocking. Sunday's 24-10 win over the Steelers was a huge step forward for the team and an offensive line that allowed zero sacks to a Steelers defense that had registered at least one QB takedown in 75 straight regular season games, an NFL record. The Steelers played without their best pass rusher in T.J. Watt, but the Bengals deserve credit for addressing their biggest concern while picking up a huge victory against a division opponent. Cincinnati can build some honest-to-goodness momentum with the winless Jaguars up next on Thursday night.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

At 2-1, they have to be one off the biggest surprises so far after dominating the Steelers on Sunday. Now they have another winnable game at home against Jacksonville on Thursday.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Remember waaay back in preseason, when we were counting the drops of rookie WR Ja'Marr Chase? How times change. Chase is the only player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to haul in a scoring pass of at least 30 yards in his first three NFL games. The 21-year-old is also the youngest to have at least four TD grabs in his first three games.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Surprise! The brilliant start for Ja'Marr Chase -- he leads all rookies in receiving yards (220) and is tied for second among all NFL players in touchdown catches (four) -- is surprising only against the backdrop of a brutal training camp and preseason in which he simply couldn't catch the ball. We're not saying it was all some elaborate ruse to make defenses underestimate Chase's potential impact, but we're not not saying it.

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