Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 10 Cincinnati Bengals
By Coley Harvey
A weekly examination of the Bengals' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 9 | Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Well, to no surprise, the Bengals fell in ESPN.com's Power Rankings after dropping their Week 1 opener to Chicago 24-21. The panel of voters is still mostly sold on them, though, dropping the Bengals one spot, from ninth to 10th. Quarterback Andy Dalton's 282-yard, two-touchdown performance and A.J. Green's own stats-filled turnout were enough to convince them that in time, this team may still be pretty good.
The problems in the loss -- turnovers, clock mismanagement due to new personnel and a lack of composure -- are fixable. If the Bengals can correct those issues, they should return to the single-digits side of the top 10 in the coming weeks.
With the win, the Bears jumped from 14th in the Week 1 Power Rankings to the Bengals' old spot of No. 9. In college football parlance, that kind of leapfrogging would qualify Chicago's win as an upset. Cincinnati should be pleased with its current ranking, though. With the rest of the AFC North suffering ugly losses in Week 1, everyone else was shut out of the top 10. Baltimore fell to 11th, Cincinnati's Week 2 opponent, Pittsburgh, is 23rd, and the Browns came in 30th.