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NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Bengals now consensus top-5 team

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The Falcons are on the rise, the Cowboys are falling and the Bengals are standing pat for the most part in this week's power rankings.

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A wild Week 3 of NFL football didn't leave many big changes in the latest roundup of power rankings.

That's because the top two teams in most rankings won this week after the Packers beat the Chiefs and the Patriots put a whipping on the Jaguars. New England and Green Bay remain atop nearly every power ranking there is.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison is among those placing the Patriots and Packers at the top, and he also has the Bengals now up at No. 4. He was very impressed with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green exploding at Baltimore:

Big win for Andy Dalton and company. The much-maligned Cincy quarterback hasn't endured as much, well, maligning this season. People are starting to show the Red Rifle some love. Other than a forced red-zone throw to A.J. Green (and who could blame him for doing that?), Dalton was clutch.

As for Green ... 227 yards and two scores, including the game-winner. I couldn't quite read Green's lips after that last touchdown catch, but I think he might have said "Have fun watching 'Martin' reruns on your couch in January, Ravens."

Yahoo Sports' Frank Schwab had the most praise for the Bengals after they won a divisional road game against a team playing desperate, which is why he now has Cincy ranked at No. 3:

Make no mistake, playing at Baltimore against a Ravens team that absolutely knew it had to win to realistically remain alive this season, and being down twice in the fourth quarter and still winning ... very impressive.

For the most part, the Bengals are maintaining their place in most rankings fro last week to this week, averaging less than one full rank change this week. Their biggest boost came at SB Nation, where they're now No. 5 after being No. 8 last week.

The Dallas Cowboys are the biggest fallers after falling out of the top 10 in nearly every ranking. The team that beat them is this week's biggest riser as the Atlanta Falcons are in the top 10 of every ranking and are as high as No. 6.

Here's a roundup of all the current power rankings compared to last week.

SOURCE CURRENT LAST WEEK CHANGE
ESPN 5 6 1
Yahoo! Sports 3 4 1
NFL.com 4 4 0
SB Nation 5 8 3
USA Today 5 5 0
B/R 3 3 0
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) 4 5 1
AVG. 4.14 5 0.86