Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here is how things panned out in ESPN.com's latest Power Rankings:
Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
Last week: No. 6
Current ranking: No. 4
Analysis: The Bengals moved up two spots to No. 4 with an important 17-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens. This is the highest power ranking of the season for Cincinnati. The Bengals are clicking on all cylinders. Tailback Cedric Benson is running the football hard, quarterback Carson Palmer is healthy and the defense is playing very well. Cincinnati will try to run away with the AFC North next week and improve its ranking with a huge game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
Last week: No. 7
Current ranking: No. 5
Analysis: The AFC North is the only division with two teams in the top five, which is quite a feat. The defending champion Steelers came in at No. 5 after pummeling the Denver Broncos, 28-10. Pittsburgh looks like a complete team that can beat opponents in a variety of ways. The Steelers can run and pass effectively and shut teams down on defense. For the past few weeks Pittsburgh has been rated right behind the Bengals, because Cincinnati currently owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
Last week: No. 10
Current ranking: No. 14
Analysis: After moving up four spots last week, the Ravens dropped four spots this week after a loss to Cincinnati. The panel is showing respect for Baltimore's talent. The team has lost four of its last five games but remains in the top half of the league. The Ravens no longer have any margin for error and need to start winning games if they want to fight for a wild card. It starts with next week's matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland Browns (1-7)
Last week: No. 31
Current ranking: No. 32
Analysis: The Browns have officially hit rock bottom. They ranked dead last this week for the first time this season. You had a feeling this would happen as soon as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers collected their first win, which they did Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Cleveland is struggling in every phase of the game right now, and it’s hard to pinpoint anything this team does well. A nationwide audience will get to see the Browns in action on "Monday Night Football" when they host the Ravens.