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

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

It feels like things are starting to happen for them. Joe Burrow led all starters in completion percentage above expectation in Week 8 as the Bengals went up and down the field, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal on eight drives. And how about Tee Higgins? He showed tremendous body control near the sideline on a first-quarter catch and is up to 488 yards on the season -- third most among rookies. Cincinnati gets a measuring-stick game after the bye against the Steelers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

That was an impressive victory against the Titans, which shows where this team is headed. Watch out next year.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

Please, NFL, relax your alternate helmet rules and allow Cincinnati to wear white ones with their alternate white tiger look.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Reason for optimism: QB Joe Burrow

Let's not overthink things here. Burrow has been remarkably impressive as a rookie and lived up to the hype, which is saying something considering he was the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Heading into the final games of Week 8, Burrow ranked second in completion rate above expectation at plus-5.7%, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, which trails only Seattle's Russell Wilson. It's also a considerable accomplishment given how often he is throwing the ball: Burrow leads the league in pass attempts and completions and is third in total yards. He is building a strong case to be the NFL's Rookie of the Year. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 25

We wrote last week that the Bengals might need to see tangible progress in the form of wins for Zac Taylor to keep the faith of the organization beyond 2020. Well, consider Sunday a certified Keep The Faith performance. The Bengals outplayed the Titans in all phases of a 31-20 victory, moving to 2-5-1 on a day Cincy was missing four of its five starting offensive linemen from the previous week. Joe Burrow bolstered his Offensive Rookie of the Year credentials with another strong performance in difficult weather conditions. Burrow threw for 249 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, displaying promising chemistry with young wideouts Auden Tate and Tee Higgins. Burrow has been even better than advertised -- the Bengals are on their way.

+ Previous update: Cincinnati Bengals Week 8 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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