Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Cincinnati Bengals in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 5
Sticking Apple on the hot seat feels weird because he just got a new contract from a franchise that is very confident in his ability to be a quality NFL starter, which he has displayed throughout training camp. However, Apple is on a one-year deal, and the Bengals took cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt in the second round of this year's draft. It'll be up to Apple to continue to prove to the Bengals and others around the league that he's worth a long-term investment after this season.
NFL.com -- Rank: 5
CBS Sports -- Rank: 5
The Athletic -- Rank: 7
The bad news: The league seems to not fully respect the Bengals as the AFC's defending champions. Said one executive to our Mike Sando: "The O-line is better, but I don't think it's good. … They put a Band-Aid on it. Burrow has the appendix. When is he taking contact? That is a painful injury with a guy who has a bad offensive line, so I think it's OK to hedge a little bit."
Aha, nameless executive! Burrow literally does not "have the appendix."
Nugget to remember: Chase might establish himself as the best wide receiver in football this year. You probably know his 1,455 receiving yards broke Justin Jefferson's long-standing post-merger NFL rookie receiving record. But because he played 17 games, Chase only ranked fourth in rookie receiving yards per game all time. The top two? Jefferson at No. 2 and Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 1. All in the LSU, ahem, fyaaamly.
The Ringer -- Rank: 7
Yahoo! -- Rank: 10
PFT -- Rank: 6
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