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

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Each time Cincinnati's confidence rating has dropped a little, the Bengals have responded well. The Week 6 win over the Lions was another example of that. Normally, a team with a 4-2 record might actually be a little higher. But the offense is still struggling from early inconsistency. The Bengals had a rough stretch of three straight three-and-outs against the winless Lions and didn't get the offense corrected until a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter. Until those woes get sorted out, the Bengals are best viewed with cautious optimism. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

For years, it was the Bengals who were the dreadful team that seemingly existed to serve as a soft landing spot in the schedule for contenders. It was almost jarring to watch a game in which Cincinnati was on the other side of that dynamic; Zac Taylor's team went into Ford Field and outclassed the Lions in a 34-11 win. Joe Burrow tied a career high with three touchdown passes and once again electrified the Bengals' attack with deep strikes to rookie sensation Ja'Marr Chase. Every elite offense has its own version of the Big 3. The Bengals' trio of Burrow, Chase and running back Joe Mixon offers enough firepower to overwhelm the opposition. Week 7 brings a huge measuring-stick game against the Ravens.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

At 4-2, they play a huge game this week with the Ravens with first place at stake. Yes, first place. The defense showed well against the Lions.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

Remember back in August, when we were so obsessed about all the passes rookie WR Ja'Marr Chase was dropping? Now that we're playing real games, he's averaging 20.5 yards per reception, and his 553 receiving yards are second-most ever by a rookie six games into his career.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Rookie Heat Check: Ja'Marr Chase is a top contender to win the NFL's offensive rookie of the year award, and it's hard to argue he doesn't deserve it. He's been spectacular and given the Bengals and Joe Burrow a true vertical option. Chase has five touchdowns and his 553 receiving yards are the second-most for a rookie through six games (behind only Anquan Boldin's 592, in 2003).

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