Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, who seems to have an affinity for the Bengals, put them at spot No. 9. They haven't dropped since his last edition of power rankings. Prisco defended his pick with this:
They re-signed some key pieces, but what about Andre Smith? They have to get him back.
Fortunately for Prisco (Bengals fans), the market value for Andre Smith hasn't played out as expected and the Bengals appear as the only team negotiating with Andre Smith.
In both rankings, the Bengals are behind the Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers, Falcons, Patriots, Packers, Ravens, and Texans. But, Prisco put the Bengals in front of the Indianapolis Colts, instead of behind them, as ESPN did last week.
|ESPN 3/19||Pete Prisco 3/26|
|No.1||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos|
|No.2||San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco 49ers|
|No.3||Denver Broncos||Atlanta Falcons|
|No.4||Atlanta Falcons||New England Patriots|
|No.5||New England Patriots||Seattle Seahawks|
|No.6||Green Bay Packers||Green Bay Packers|
|No.7||Houston Texans||Baltimore Ravens|
|No.8||Baltimore Ravens||Houston Texans|
|No.9||Indianapolis Colts||Cincinnati Bengals|
|No.10||Cincinnati Bengals||Indianapolis Colts|
Averaging inside the top-ten is might not what you'd expect from the national pundits, given how little the Bengals have done in free agency, outside re-signing their own players.