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NFL Power Rankings Roundup Week 11: Bengals slipping into bottom half of NFL

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The Bengals are badly in need of a rebound of their dismal showing vs. the Saints.

New Orleans Saints v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

After starting the season 4-1, the Bengals have lost three of four games and are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.

It’s one thing to lose, but two of those losses included a 45-10 drubbing at Kansas City and this past week’s 51-14 home debacle vs. New Orleans. That has the Bengals slipping into the NFL’s bottom half in the latest round of power rankings.

With seven games remaining, there’s still time to get this season turned around and back into the postseason, but losing by 30+ points in two of your last three games is very concerning, even if it’s against arguably the league’s two best teams.

Here are this week’s power rankings:

ESPN: 17 (Last week: 12)

Defining stat: 4,091. Total yards allowed by the Bengals’ defense, which is on pace to break the 2012 Saints’ record of 7,042 yards allowed in a season. That’s the number that got defensive coordinator Teryl Austin fired Monday morning, and it’s one of many bad numbers for the Bengals’ defense, which has allowed at least 500 yards of offense in the past three games.

Yahoo: 19 (Last week: 13)

Given what we’ve seen from the Bengals at their worst, it seems crazy they’re 5-4. They’ve been outscored by 53 points this season. The 4-5 Ravens have outscored their opponents by 53, a 106-point difference between the second- and third-place teams in the AFC North. The Bengals are a mess, and while banking five wins is helpful, it’s hard to see them making a playoff push. That embarrassment against the Saints was telling.

Bleacher Report: 16 (Last week: 15)

Without top wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) against the Saints, the Cincinnati offense wasn’t nearly as effective as it had been in recent weeks. The Bengals were held to just 284 total yards in a 37-point blowout, and they failed to convert a single third down in the game.

Washington Post: 17 (Last week: 12)

Another season is slipping away and the firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, on the heels of Sunday’s obliteration by the Saints, is unlikely to change anything. The defense hasn’t stopped anyone lately and the offense is limited without injured WR A.J. Green. The outlook will be very bleak indeed for the loser of the Bengals’ game this Sunday in Baltimore.

CBS: 14 (Last week: 11)

They are falling quickly and face a must-win this week against the Ravens. Will firing defensive coordinator Teryl Austin really matter?

SB Nation: 14 (Last week: 13)

Sports Illustrated: 21 (Last week: 14)

Average ranking: 16.8

Where do you think the Bengals should be ranked this week?