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:
- Average ranking: 27.6 (28th)
- Best ranking: 26th (Multiple)
- Worst ranking: 30th (ESPN)
Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 28
What we learned: Joe Burrow needs a good recovery plan. He's been hit a league-high 30 times and sacked a league-high 14 times through his first three games. Burrow took crushing blow after crushing blow during the Bengals' tie against the Eagles, but he kept getting back up and battling. Burrow's completion percentage above expectation was the second highest for any quarterback in Week 3. As The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. pointed out, the Bengals are now winless in 11 one-possession games under Zac Taylor. Perhaps one reason is that Taylor has taken a conservative approach to game management. He had an early opportunity Sunday to go for it on fourth-and-2 from midfield but opted to punt. Later, Taylor kicked a field goal on fourth-and-2. The Bengals are not winning the Super Bowl this year. It'd be nice to see Taylor be more aggressive with his in-game decision-making.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 26
Getting a tie on the road is a good thing for a young team, even if might not feel that way. They do have to protect Joe Burrow better.
USA Today -- Rank: 26
QB Joe Burrow's 91 completions are most ever for a rookie after three games. He's on pace to shatter Cincinnati's single-season record (373), too.
ESPN -- Rank: 30
What we got wrong: Joe Mixon was going to pick up where he left off in 2019.
At the end of 2019, it seemed as if the Bengals found the best way to use the running back. However, that hasn't been the case through three games this season. Cincinnati has struggled to unleash Mixon, which was the same problem that happened at the beginning of 2019. Mixon is averaging 54.7 rushing yards per game. -- Ben Baby
NFL.com -- Rank: 28
"We didn't win," Joe Burrow said after Sunday's 23-23 tie with the Eagles. "That's all it is to me. (If) you don't win, you lose. That's my mindset right now." Burrow is a competitor, so you understand his sentiment, but Bengals progress in 2020 won't be measured by wins or losses (or ties). It's about finding out whether they have a true franchise cornerstone in their rookie quarterback, and that feels apparent after three weeks. Burrow continues to deliver wow moments for Cincy, and he easily outplayed Carson Wentz in Week 3. It will be on the Bengals to do right by Burrow and build up the roster around him, but the most important piece is in place.
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