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Where they rank on offense, defense

11/29/2012

The Cincinnati Bengals' defense not only ruined Carson Palmer's homecoming, it took a major leap up in the NFL rankings.

By holding the Raiders to 218 total yards Sunday, Cincinnati now has the ninth-ranked defense in the league, an eight-spot improvement from the previous week. The Bengals were the seventh-ranked defense in 2011, giving up 316.3 yards per game. After 12 weeks this season, Cincinnati is allowing 334.5 yards.

Here's a look at the NFL rankings after 12 weeks:

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Offense: Overall (13th), run (14th), pass (12th) and scoring (10th).

Defense: Overall (9th), run (17th), pass (8th) and scoring (15th-tied).

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Offense: Overall (29th), run (26th), pass (23rd) and scoring (27th).

Defense: Overall (22nd), run (19th), pass (21st) and scoring (15th-tied).

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Offense: Overall (16th), run (21st), pass (11th) and scoring (9th).

Defense: Overall (24th), run (26th), pass (23rd) and scoring (7th).

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Offense: Overall (19th-tied), run (22nd), pass (15th) and scoring (20th).

Defense: Overall (1st), run (5th-tied), pass (1st) and scoring (4th).