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

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Cincinnati went from one of the hottest teams in the AFC to one with big question marks again after an upset loss to the Jets and a blowout defeat delivered by the Browns. It was a legitimate wobble for a team with playoff aspirations. But after an off-week, Cincinnati has cobbled together back-to-back wins and seems to have found its early-season form again. Coach Zac Taylor recognizes exactly that: "We've kind of got that momentum back that we had earlier in the season that we knew we could have. We had that little stumble, but these guys have a ton of confidence." -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 7

Sunday felt like a changing-of-the-guard day in the AFC North. After years of Steelers dominance, it's now the Bengals who have emerged as the more talented, more physical, more promising team. That was on clear display during the Bengals' 41-10 win at celebratory Paul Brown Stadium, the second Cincinnati blowout of Pittsburgh this season in what feels like a role reversal with potential long-term legs. Joe Burrow had four incompletions across 24 attempts, Mike Hilton delivered the game-clinching pick-six to extend Cincy's lead to 31-3 at halftime, and Joe Mixon's big season continued with 165 rushing yards, the most ever for a Bengals back against the Steelers. Times, they are a changin'.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

Two impressive victories in a row has the Bengals back on track. They are young and growing in confidence, which could be problematic for the rest of the division.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Significant course correction after trampling Vegas and Pittsburgh by a collective 73-23 score the past two weeks. QB Joe Burrow needs to take better care of the ball -- he has at least one turnover in each of the past seven games -- but if he does, Cincinnati could very well capture its first division crown in six years.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Problem area: Ball security. The Bengals have improved on many of their weaknesses lately, and had almost a perfect game Sunday against Pittsburgh. But one area for concern is their ability to protect the ball on offense. Cincinnati has committed at least one turnover in nine of 11 games and has three multi-turnover games -- all losses. Its blowout loss to the Browns three weeks ago should serve as a reminder of how quickly a game can spiral out of control when you're not careful (Joe Burrow threw two interceptions and Ja'Marr Chase fumbled). Cincinnati's turnover ratio has improved thanks to the defense's five takeaways the past two weeks.

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