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NFL Week 16 Power Ranking Roundup: The Bengals are hitting rock bottom

The power rankings from around the web agree on one thing, and that is the Bengals are currently one of the worst teams in football.

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The Bengals have been destroyed for two and a half games, and that streak has pulled them down farther than they have been nearly all season.

You would probably have to go back to when they started out (0-3) to find them any lower on these rankings, and quite honestly they don’t deserve to be higher with the way they’ve been playing the past few weeks.

It seems like half this team is either injured or checked out, and the product on the field has suffered. All we can hope for is that it will be a few seasons before the Bengals are ever this low again.

ESPN: 26

A.J. Green (6): The star receiver is 20 yards shy of 1,000 and two touchdowns shy of 10 on the season, but the six-time Pro Bowler is still having a bit of a down year. He's averaging only 70 reception yards per game, which would be the lowest of his career.

Yahoo Sports: 28

Everyone has wanted Marvin Lewis gone for a while now, but we’ll see if that’s a blessing or a curse. Lewis doesn’t get enough credit for what he has done with the Bengals, an organization that was a joke before he arrived. It’s not a team that’s in remarkable shape as Lewis leaves, either. No coaching candidate will pick the Bengals job as the best available. We’ll see what kind of coach they can land. 27

Make it two straight weeks in which the Bengals have been completely blown out in embarrassing fashion. Cincy has been dismantled on offense by the Bears and Vikings, with Sunday's staging in Minnesota exactly that: It looked like an NFL offense out there, but it hardly resembled one in terms of production. The Bengals racked up all of 161 yards, with the only touchdown coming in total and utter garbage time. Andy Dalton and friends went 2 for 16 on third and fourth downs. That will win, oh, about zero games. This is as bad as this organization has been in the Marvin Lewis era. Maybe it's even worse than the David Shula era, and that's sayin' something.

Bleacher report: 25

The Cincinnati Bengals are out on their feet. The Monday night loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers took a lot out of them, and then they got steamrolled at home by the Bears. There's also talk that coach Marvin Lewis is going to move on when the season is over.

This is a franchise in need of a shakeup. The season is over for Cincinnati. It's time to move forward and figure out what the Bengals are going to look like in 2018.

The Minnesota Vikings dominated the Bengals about as badly as an NFL team can be dominated. I don't expect to see much more fight from this team over the last two weeks.

Washington Post: 27

If Coach Marvin Lewis indeed is headed out the door at season’s end, his players aren’t giving him much of a farewell gift. The performance against the Vikings was dreadful. The Bengals may end up appreciating what they had in Lewis as their coach if they return to their status as a league laughingstock after he leaves.

CBS Sports: 24

The big question is who will be the next head coach with Marvin Lewis reportedly leaving. Will it come from within?

Bengals’ Week 16 power rankings

Site This Week Last Week Difference
Site This Week Last Week Difference
ESPN 26 23 3-
CBS 24 24 3- 27 25 2-
SB Nation 28 28 0
Yahoo 28 26 2-
Washington Post 27 26 1-
Bleacher Report 25 24 6-
Average 26.42857143 25.14285714