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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Cincinnati Bengals in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Realistic expectation: Repeating as AFC champions.

While it might seem like a stretch for a team currently seeded sixth in the AFC standings, the defending conference champions are really finding their form as they enter December. The defense remains a solid unit, and the offense is one of the best in the league. Cincinnati ranks fourth in the NFL in points per drive and offensive points per game -- despite the fact that WR Ja'Marr Chase has missed the past four games with a hip injury. The team also owns the AFC's best net touchdown differential (plus-13).

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

The Bengals went to Nashville and took out the Titans without the assistance of Joe Mixon (concussion) or Ja'Marr Chase (hip). It's the surest sign yet the defending AFC champions have found their way as the most difficult portion of the schedule arrives. "This is the kind of game that great teams win," said Joe Burrow, who threw for 270 yards and the go-ahead score to Tee Higgins early in the fourth quarter. Burrow, sacked nine times by a fearsome Tennessee pass rush in Cincinnati's Divisional Round win in January, was sacked just once on Sunday. And now the best news for Burrow: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Chase is on target to return for Week 13's showdown with the Chiefs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

Winning at Tennessee is never easy, which says a lot about their victory. For a reward? Here come the Chiefs.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Conversely, Cincinnati, which sits atop the AFC North with Baltimore thanks to a shared 7-4 record, will face four clubs with winning marks over the next six weeks. The Bengals and Ravens will meet in Week 18, possibly for the divisional marbles.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

"This was the type of game that great teams win," Joe Burrow said following the Bengals' 20-16 victory in Nashville, Tenn. That's hard to argue. The Bengals' defense held Derrick Henry to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries, his second-fewest yards per attempt over the past three seasons (though Henry's 69-yard catch-run-and-fumble did lead to a recovery touchdown in the first half). Samaje Perine's 58 yards rushing don't seem too noteworthy, but they tied for the most yards by an opposing running back against the Titans since Week 3. And the mercenary offensive line has continued its slow improvement over the course of the season. The Bengals wrestled in the mud with the Titans and lived to tell the story. Now, they look like Super Bowl contenders, if they can just make it through their late-season gantlet.

The Ringer -- Rank: 8

When defensive tackles D.J. Reader and B.J. Hill are both healthy, the Bengals run defense is as good as it gets. Both were standout performers in the team's 20-16 win over the Titans on Sunday, as Derrick Henry averaged just 2.2 yards per carry on 17 attempts. Cincinnati is getting hot on both sides of the ball, even with Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Mixon missing games, which bodes well for the team as they set their sights on another deep postseason run.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 9

A strong win at Tennessee and the Ravens' loss to the Jaguars was a great combination for Cincinnati. They'll be getting Ja'Marr Chase back soon too. The Bengals will probably have to beat Baltimore on Jan. 8 to win the division, but they're coming on strong.

PFT -- Rank: 8

They've managed to stay under radar despite going to the Super Bowl. That likely won't last much longer.

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