A weekly examination of the Bengals' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 9 | Last Week: 8 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
A road win at Buffalo wasn't enough to push the Cincinnati Bengals up any spots in the Week 7 ESPN.com Power Rankings unveiled Tuesday afternoon. For the second straight week, they settled at No. 8.
The Bengals first reached the 8-hole after beating the New England Patriots 13-6 last week. This past weekend they edged out the Bills in overtime 27-24. Had Cincinnati closed out Buffalo in the fourth quarter like it appeared to be doing, it likely would have moved up at least one spot in the power rankings. With 10 minutes to go in regulation, the Bengals held a 14-point lead and seemed to have momentum. The Bills, directed by former practice squad quarterback Thad Lewis, though, scored twice more and knotted the game at 24 entering overtime. For now, it seems the power rankings voters aren't fully convinced the Bengals are the type of elite team they believe they are.
When Cincinnati travels to Detroit on Sunday, it has a very real opportunity to prove the voters wrong. The Lions are ranked 11th this week and hold a commanding 3-0 record at home.