“Bengals defense ranking”:http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000047364/article/defensive-power-rankings-texans-niners-elite
Top Shelf: HOU, SF, BAL, PIT
Next Level: SEA, NYG, NYJ, PHI, ARI, CIN, KC
Knocking on the door: DET, CHI, GB, DAL
Middle of the pack: BUF, OAK, ATL, JAX, WAS
Not sold: MIA, DEN, CLE, SD, NE, CAR, STL, TEN
Sub-mediocre: NO, TB, MIN, IND
Their top few make sense: Baltimore & Pittsburgh have been dominate top-10 defenses for much of the last decade....and San Francisco was the top defense last year.
But in the grouping right below them was the Cincinnati Bengals. Imagine that – props from the national media. What gives?
Here are their quotes regarding the teams in our division:
Baltimore isn't nearly as old as you think, while Pittsburgh still has a surplus of linebacker talent and great continuity under Dick Lebeau.
We love Bengals coordinator Mike Zimmer and his deep rotation of pass rushers.
Cleveland wasn't as good as their ranking last year indicated.