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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Cincinnati Bengals rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

Be thankful for: Hope surrounding Joe Burrow's recovery. The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. has details on Burrow's injury, and indications are he'll be ready to play in September of 2021. There's no way to sugarcoat it. This is a tough, tough break for Burrow, the Bengals and their fans. A big advantage of having a young quarterback who's good is you can build around him and try to chase a title while he's on his rookie contract. Every rep this season for Burrow would've been valuable. Now there will be months of rehab and a likely re-acclimation period in 2021. But it could always be worse. Burrow lived up to the hype as a rookie, and hopefully he comes back even stronger.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

It's really bad they have lost Joe Burrow for the rest of the season. But now the other young players have to use the final six games to develop for next season.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Injured Joe Burrow's replacement, second-year QB Ryan Finley, has never looked remotely competent at the NFL level, completing half of his passes just once in five pro appearances. Cincinnati may not be competitive the rest of the way.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

What they're thankful for: WR Tee Higgins

Finding anything to be thankful for is incredibly difficult after Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury. However, Higgins has been one of the bright spots in a season that is quickly headed south. The second-round pick gives the Bengals another important piece to build around heading into 2021 and beyond. Higgins is poised to step into the role vacated by A.J. Green, who slowly is becoming the Bengals' WR3 as he transitions into the next stage of his career. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

It looked terrible when it happened, and we pretty much knew Joe Burrow's fate as he was carted to the locker room on Sunday. But the official diagnosis on Monday -- a torn ACL and MCL for the No. 1 overall pick -- is a grim reminder of the fragile nature of pro football. Burrow needs reconstructive surgery and extensive rehab, with a timetable that will push his readiness right up against opening day in 2021. There are certain teams that never seem to catch a break, and Burrow's instant impact with the Bengals made you think they had finally escaped their eternal purgatory. The injury puts a crushing -- but hopefully momentary -- halt to all that optimism. Get well soon, kid.

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