NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati's Loss Causes Minimal Effect On Ranking

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: A Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader entertains the crowd during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Generally speaking experts and talking heads around the NFL called Cincinnati's 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers a poor man's victory. Not that any man with a working mind needs to be reminded, a loss is a loss. That much been assumed as integrated knowledge within the core of most sports fans since the first games were played thousands of years ago. That being said the loss also articulated that the Cincinnati Bengals, even though young and clearly "rebuilding", are more than capable of playing against the better teams in the league, causing a destabilizing effect on the "easy schedule" argument. Of course that will really be put to the test by this time next month.

Compared to last week's power rankings, Cincinnati's loss dropped their position anywhere from 1-3 spots. In a bit of irony, Brian Billick, who dropped the Bengals following Cincinnati's win over the Titans, moved Cincinnati's ranking up three points after losing to Pittsburgh. We won't even try to dive into the mind of one Brian Billick.

This week's power rankings.

Power Rankings Placement LW
SB Nation 9th 7th
ESPN's Power Rankings 11th 10th
Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com) 13th 10th
NFL.com 10th 8th
Pro Football Talk 10th 7th
Brian Billick (FoxSports) 10th 13th
Your Heart 1st 1st
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