Before the season officially started, like many sports media companies, Pro Football Talk ranked the Bengals in dead last place in their preseason power rankings. They were set to go up against the Cleveland Browns, who were ranked at No. 26 in PFT's preseason power rankings at the time and who was also favored to beat the Bengals by at least seven points.
Of course the Browns didn't win by seven points; they lost by 10. The next week's power rankings were inevitably going to change. And they did.
Like SB Nation, PFT moved the Bengals up a few notches in their next power ranking. While SB Nation moved the Bengals from No. 31 to No. 27, PFT moved them from dead last to No. 26. However, instead of patting the Bengals on the back and saying "good job," they managed to insult them. Twice.
26. Bengals (No. 31; 1-0): Well, they got their win. Now they can coast.
If that wasn't enough, they also took a jab at the Bengals when they mentioned the Browns, who fell from No. 26 to No. 31 after their loss to the Bengals.
31. Browns (No. 26; 0-1): Hell, Eric Mangini could have beaten Cincinnati.
Maybe when the Bengals beat the Broncos, they'll move up the power rankings without getting crapped on.