Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals Week 10 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: 16.0 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 16th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Bold second-half prediction: WR Tee Higgins will get 1,000 receiving yards.

Higgins had a slow start to the season after dealing with a shoulder injury but is starting to show the form he had at the end of 2020. The second-year player hasn't fully grasped all of his targets, but he has developed into a more crucial piece of the offense as defenses have started to take away rookie Ja'Marr Chase. Look for Bengals QB Joe Burrow to turn to Higgins more often in the final eight games. That should give Higgins the 569 receiving yards he needs to cross the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. -- Ben Baby -- Rank: 16

The Bengals were blown out at home by the Browns on Sunday and have been outscored 55-16 in their last four-and-a-half quarters of play, dating back to Week 8's collapse against the Jets. Denzel Ward's 99-yard pick-six set the tone for a frustrating afternoon for the Bengals, who turned the ball over three times and surrendered big-play scores through the air and on the ground to a Cleveland team that beat them in all phases. Turbulence has arrived, and this will be an important test for Zac Taylor in his quest to instill a new culture in Cincinnati. Will Cincy adjust and move forward ... or crumble and fall apart, like so many past Bengals teams?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

The defense has fallen apart in the past few weeks as they've lost two straight. It's hard to believe it's the same defense. The bye this week is coming at a good time.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

Two weeks ago, they projected as AFC's No. 1 seed. Now they project as a non-playoff team. Massive game in Vegas on other side of bye.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

Are they good? Not right now. The Bengals are fading, and as bad as losing to the Jets was last week, following that by getting blown out at home by the Browns was probably worse. It is especially concerning that a defense that had played so well for much of September and October has given up at least 34 points in each of the last two games. We'll see if the Bengals can get their arrow tilted back toward "good" after their bye.

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