Saturday, November 14, 2020

Cincinnati Bengals Week 10 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: 24.2 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 20th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

They lost by more than five points just once in the first eight games. Could the Bengals be the sneaky team that hands the Steelers their first loss in Week 10?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

They come off their bye with a tough game against the Steelers on the road. Joe Burrow was hot before the bye, but it will be tough going against that defense.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins could be Cincinnati's first pair of 1,000-yard receivers since Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in 2007.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Recalibrated expectation: Get to six wins

A six-win season always was going to be a respectable total given the state of the 2020 Bengals. Cincinnati is still in the rebuilding process and a postseason push with this roster and coaching staff always seemed unlikely. However, the Bengals should be competitive and improve from the two-win campaign in 2019. The Bengals have three games against the NFC East and games against Houston and Miami still on the schedule. Getting four wins off the remainder of the schedule isn't too much to ask. -- Ben Baby -- Rank: 25

Joe Burrow is on an historic pace through the first half of his rookie campaign. When Cincinnati hit its Week 9 bye, the No. 1 overall pick boasted 221 completions -- the most by a player through eight career games since the NFL merger. His company here is instructive in understanding Burrow's potential; that completion total puts him ahead of Andrew Luck (190), Kyler Murray (186) and Patrick Mahomes (185), three other transcendent talents whose coaching staffs felt confident running the playbook entirely through them from the jump. Zac Taylor trusted Burrow, even in an offseason plagued by COVID-19 obstacles. The QB rewarded his coach's leap of faith by making the Bengals relevant again.

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