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

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Fantasy surprise: WR Ja'Marr Chase

The Bengals have only three feasible WR fantasy options, but the fifth overall pick has exceeded expectations after a rocky August. Chase leads all Bengals receivers in fantasy points per game in standard leagues (13.65). Both of his touchdown catches have come on long receptions, which suggests he will be a big-play option for managers moving forward. Chase is averaging 18.8 air yards per target, which leads the Bengals by a large margin, according to ESPN Stats & Information data. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

It's happening again. The Bengals are struggling to protect Joe Burrow, and the feeling of impending disaster once more looms in the Queen City. Burrow was sacked four times by the Bears and hit on five other occasions in a 20-17 loss. Chicago's ferocious pass rush might help explain why Burrow was in such a giving mood -- the QB threw interceptions on three consecutive attempts in the second half, wiping away any chance at back-to-back victories to start the year. It's back to the drawing board for Zac Taylor, who should pray that T.J. Watt isn't on the field for the Steelers on Sunday.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They made it interesting late against the Bears, but it took too long for the offense to get going. Joe Burrow made some bad throws and decisions.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

The last team (before this one) to suffer a loss with QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja'Marr Chase in the lineup? How about the 2018 LSU squad that fell 74-72 to Texas A&M in seven overtimes.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Throwing three interceptions on three consecutive passes might be a career-low moment for Joe Burrow, but it shouldn't sound alarm bells in Cincinnati. He was good on third down against Chicago, and had some great moments in the opener against the Vikings, but the Bears' defense got after him often. Chicago also went into the game wanting to confuse Burrow, who was in only his 12th start. The Bengals have their guy, but the scheme and the O-line could stand to help him out a bit.

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