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NFL Week Nine Power Rankings: Bye Week Means The Bengals Improved

The Cincinnati Bengals finished their bye week and improved their power rankings.

Andy Lyons

One shouldn't just assume that when a team takes the weekend off that they're power rankings would be affected. And definitely not for the better. After all you didn't play, how could you be viewed more favorably.

Yet that's exactly what happened with the Bengals.

Three polls that we monitor voted the Bengals one spot higher, while others dropped the team a position. Cincinnati's averaging ranking improved 0.4 points.

RANK L.WEEK
SB Nation 18 18
NFL.com 20 19
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) 18 17
ESPN 22 22
Fox Sports (Brian Billick) 18 20
Pro Football Talk 18 19
Pro Football Weekly 22 23
Associated Press 21 22
AVG. 19.6 20.0