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NFL Power Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals Hold Steady At Mid-20s

...and Alex Smith remembered how to hold a football, only then did he realize that it was too late.
...and Alex Smith remembered how to hold a football, only then did he realize that it was too late.

After the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns during the regular season, ESPN jumped the Bengals from dead last in their power rankings to 30th. Awesome. After losing to the Denver Broncos in week two, ESPN jumped the Bengals another two spots to 28th. Seriously. They picked up as many slots losing a game than they did winning a game. So how did the Bengals do in ESPN's Power Rankings after losing a sloppy game offensively?

Well, they gained another position of course. We're not sure if two losses equates three spots in a respective power ranking, but currently the Bengals rank 27th in ESPN's Power Rankings, with all five teams from 28th to 32nd without a win this season. At this rate if the Bengals don't win another game this season, we should break into the top-15 before the end of the season. Perhaps that's just the absurdity of ESPN.

The lowest the Bengals ranked is 27th, per ESPN and CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco. Brian Billick, with Fox Sports, lists the Bengals 24th with everyone else voting somewhere in between. Rankings after the jump.

Power Rankings Placement LW
ESPN's Power Rankings 27th 28th
Pete Prisco (CBSSports.com) 27th 26th
NFL.com 26th 24th
Pro Football Talk 25th 25th
SB Nation 25th 25th
Brian Billick (FoxSports) 24th 23rd