Friday, October 13, 2023

Cincinnati Bengals Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 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 6 roundup for the Cincinnati Bengals in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Fantasy surprise: WR Tee Higgins

Even before the Bengals' wide receiver left the Week 4 loss with a fractured rib, Higgins' production was not at his usual level. In four games he had just 12 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. And that was despite having 30 targets before he suffered the injury. Higgins racked up a combined 3,000 yards in his first three seasons and has produced at a WR1 level at times. Once healthy, he'll be looking to bounce back to help the Bengals and show why he's worth a long-term contract in the coming years. -- Ben Baby -- Rank: 15

You knew eventually things would start clicking offensively for the Bengals. I thought Joe Burrow might be feeling healthier after watching the way he moved on the opening-drive TD pass against Arizona. I was sure of it when he scrambled for 10 yards late in the third quarter. That was a huge development, as was Burrow continually feeding his guy, Ja'Marr Chase, with success. The defense did enough to get by, but this was no get-right outing for that unit, despite logging two INTs (one a pick-six) and three sacks. The tackling and run fits were kind of gross, which has become a bit of a chronic issue lately. The bigger test is this Sunday against Seattle, which loves to pound the ball. If the Bengals can withstand the Seahawks' rush and have another big day throwing it, they might still be in this thing.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

Joe Burrow was back in form against the Cardinals. Winning that game saved their season, but the best news is Burrow looked like himself again.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

They'll only be on the road two more times before December, so maybe the comforts of home are good for QB Joe Burrow's calf and team focus with a brutal upcoming schedule (Seattle, San Francisco, Buffalo) for a Cincinnati club that may finally otherwise be turning the corner.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Second-round cornerback DJ Turner is the only member of the rookie class who is contributing much, but nobody in Cincinnati cares after the way Joe Burrow looked Sunday. The Bengals quarterback was 36-for-46 for 317 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to Ja'Marr Chase, who had 15 catches. Combine this result with Pittsburgh knocking off Baltimore, and Cincinnati believes it has survived an early swoon.

FOX -- Rank: 16

The only question is: how excited should we allow ourselves to be? Yes, Joe Burrow looked like his old self, and Ja'Marr Chase proved he is in fact always open. It's the first time all year the Bengals have looked like the team we were expecting, and it's so exciting to think Burrow is healthy again and back to being himself. But the 34-20 victory did come against the Cardinals, who are a scrappy team but still a bad one. Let's put a pin in this and see how they do against Seattle.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 15

Sometimes the NFL can be easier than we make it. Having an offensive foundation of "Find Ja'Marr Chase and pass him the ball every down" isn't that bad. Chase turned 19 targets into 15 catches, 192 yards and three touchdowns in a much-needed win. Expect a lot more of that going forward.

PFT -- Rank: 22

Are they back? Get back to us if they beat the Seahawks.

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