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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 5 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

It's been fun to watch the Bengals' coaching staff tweak the offense to help Joe Burrow. One example is their use of empty sets. Burrow shredded the Jaguars out of empty, going 9-for-10 for 113 yards. On the season, Burrow has been in empty a league-high 56 times. Cincinnati went up and down the field against the Jaguars, piling up 505 yards and 28 first downs. Incredible stat from The Athletic's Jay Morrison: Sunday's win marked the first time in 728 days that the Bengals produced an unbeaten streak. The last time they went two games without a loss was Weeks 4 and 5 in 2018.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They are now 1-2-1 and finally got Joe Mixon going against the Jaguars. It will be fun watching Joe Burrow against that Ravens defense this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

Time to try and get something in trade for A.J. Green now that he's effectively Cincy's No. 3 option behind WRs Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins?

ESPN -- Rank: 27

FPI chance to make playoffs: 7.6%

The Bengals are 3-1 against the spread, which indicates they've been better than their record indicates and are capable of a miraculous playoff push. But this team is still just too far away from being truly competitive for a playoff berth in 2020. The Bengals need to find a way to win close games, continue QB Joe Burrow's development and figure out how to be more consistent on defense before a postseason push becomes a real possibility. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 23

Joe Mixon began his weekend in a hospital with mysterious chest pains. He ended it as the workhorse star for the Bengals, piling up 181 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in a 33-25 win over the Jaguars. Joe Burrow had been carrying the Bengals' offense before Sunday, and Week 4's win was a reminder the kid quarterback has an Pro Bowl-caliber running back who can help shoulder the load. Burrow also (finally) got some help from his offensive line. A week after being hit 18 times and sacked eight times in a tie with the Eagles, Burrow was sacked just once by Jacksonville. An encouraging day all around for the Bengals.

+ Previous update: Cincinnati Bengals Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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