Saturday, January 1, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals Week 17 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: 9.2 (10th)
  • Best ranking: 8 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 10 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Non-QB MVP: WR Ja'Marr Chase

Chase has been the catalyst for a more dynamic offense. At the beginning of the season, he gave the Bengals the explosive plays they were looking for when they drafted him with the fifth overall pick. As teams started to pay him more attention, that opened up areas for other wide receivers to be productive. Specifically, it helped Tee Higgins cross 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career. Cincinnati wanted an immediate playmaker when it drafted Chase, and it certainly appears to have that in the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner. -- Ben Baby -- Rank: 9

This was undoubtedly a Big Moment for the franchise. The Bengals were taking control of the AFC North with another vicious blowout of the hated Ravens, and Joe Burrow was closing in on the single-game team record for passing yards. With less than two minutes to play and Cincinnati ahead by 20 points, Burrow connected on a 52-yard strike to Joe Mixon that put him over 500 yards and into the record books. After the game, Burrow was asked if it felt good to deliver a historic performance days after Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said people shouldn't rush to "buy a gold jacket" for the young Bengals QB. Burrow offered a wry smile and replied, "Maybe." This is a bad man.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

Barring a disaster, they will be the AFC North champions. They are ahead of schedule as a franchise with Joe Burrow.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Meet the first team in NFL history with a 4,000-yard passer (Joe Burrow), 1,000-yard rusher (Joe Mixon) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins) all shy of their 26th birthdays. Looking like they could be kings of the jungle for a minute.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Is he The Guy? Yes. Joe Burrow recently gifted all of the Bengals' offensive linemen diamond-encrusted Casio G-Shock watches. More than that, he gives the team and city of Cincinnati hope the Bengals can win a playoff game for the first time since 1990. Burrow is a playmaker with some swag, and like Herbert, has an incredibly talented offensive core group to help him.

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