ESPN Power Ranking: Cincinnati Bengals Rank Dead Last

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer argues with head linesman Kent Payne #79 during an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Colts won 17-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

ESPN.com released their first regular season Power Rankings before the season opener this weekend against the Cleveland Browns. The top five is your usual suspects with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Vince Young's Dream Team Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints ranked first to fifth respectively.

The Baltimore Ravens are eighth, the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts ninth and the Cleveland Browns 29th.

The Cincinnati Bengals ranked dead last.

Coach Marvin Lewis says the 2011 Bengals are better than the 2010 Bengals (4-12). It should be a close race.
- James Walker

Departing AFC North blogger James Walker proudly pointed out that since the Bengals were a notch better than the Carolina Panthers, he voted them 31st.

In other news, it's unknown if the ESPN NFL writers partook with Maryland's uniform design team recently; though we're fairly certain a coin toss, Hannah Storm's legs, a Sega Genesis and a Deep Purple CD were involved.

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