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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals

Throughout the 2021 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 1 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Person on the hot seat: Coach Zac Taylor

All the pressure is on Taylor, who has just six wins in his first two seasons. He entered at the bottom of the rebuilding project, but now the roster has been retooled through the draft and an unprecedented spending spree for the franchise. That leaves it up to Taylor to make the most of those resources, as the front office has acknowledged the urgency needed to find more wins. It's time for the Bengals to see whether the rebuild is finally complete. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

Per The Athletic: Projected offensive line starters played only 64 percent of Bengals' snaps in 2020. In 2019, the number was 59 percent. Attrition is part of life in the NFL, but Cincinnati hasn't done enough to build out depth at the position. This season features a line made up of veterans -- all but third-year pro Jonah Williams has at least 58 starts -- but the reserves have little to no pro experience. History tells us several of these backups will get the call in 2021; will they be able to protect Joe Burrow in a way the 2020 unit could not?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

Joe Burrow is coming off a major knee injury, which is why there is concern about his play. He has looked off in camp. In time, I think he'll get back to playing at a high level. They just might be a year away from competing in the division.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

QB Joe Burrow's only pass of preseason was dropped by former LSU teammate Ja'Marr Chase, so you'd assume things will only improve moving forward ... though we are talking about Cincinnati.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Why they're ranked here: Not a lot of second-year quarterback buzz for Joe Burrow here. And it's understandable given Burrow's ACL injury last season and an exceptionally rocky training camp for the entire Bengals offense.

One big question: Can Ja'Marr Chase be The Guy? Back in our pre-training camp rankings, we talked about how the pre-draft debate about Chase vs. Penei Sewell wasn't going away. And while the Lions might still be facing questions about Sewell's rookie preseason performance, it was a really rough summer for Chase, who needs to quickly emerge as Burrow's No. 1 receiving target. He was plagued by drops, both in practice and in preseason games, and that just can't happen in the regular season if the Bengals have any chance of moving out of the bottom tier of AFC teams.

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