Thanks to a dominating performance in Sunday's 20-point win against the host Oakland Raiders, the Cincinnati Bengals climbed three spots in the ESPN Power Rankings that were released Tuesday afternoon.
After beginning the regular season at 11th in a poll that was compiled during the preseason, they settled at eighth entering Week 2.
In addition to their 33-13 win against the Raiders, the Bengals' climb was aided by a couple of losses from teams that were ranked ahead of them on the Week 1 rankings. The Colts, Steelers, Ravens and Eagles were all Week 1 top-10 teams that fell in their respective openers. Of those teams, the Colts fell the furthest, dropping seven spots from fourth to 11th after getting beaten by the Bills by two scores.
Sunday's home opener against the Chargers could swing the Bengals' Week 3 ranking even higher if they can come away with a win. San Diego settled at 10th in this week's rankings, also jumping three spots.
Cincinnati will be out this season to get in the upper reaches of the rankings throughout the season. Last season, the Bengals peaked at No. 2, getting there in Week 4 and 5 following a 3-0 start that included wins over Baltimore, Atlanta and Tennessee. With a Week 4 bye, they stayed at No. 2 entering their Week 5 showdown at New England. That Sunday night loss dropped them to fifth; a ranking they wouldn't see the rest of the season.
A group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities will be participating all season in ESPN's Power Rankings polls.