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NFL Power Rankings Roundup Week 11

The Bengals were clobbered by the undefeated Steelers. What will it mean for their most-recent rankings?

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The Cincinnati Bengals had an upward trajectory after a win over the then 5-1 Tennessee Titans. It was a game that they didn’t just edge out but fully dominated, giving hope that they could contain the mighty Steelers offense.

That didn’t happen as their trip to Heinz Field went almost as poorly as possible.

They lost 36-10 and are now 2-6-1 on the season. Entering Week 11, the Bengals will draw two very winnable games in back-to-back weeks. They’ll take on the Washington Football Team then New York Giants.

After a disastrous loss to the league’s last undefeated team, the Bengals took a step backwards. That said, let’s dive into where the national media has them ranked heading into Week 11. — No. 27

So far, this decision hasn’t aged well at all. The Bengals were hopeful a healthy Green was going to still look like a seven-time Pro Bowler after he missed the 2019 season with an ankle injury. But so far, Green has been very shaky. In Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, Green had no catches on five targets. Green is averaging a mere 35.1 yards per game. While he is still someone defenses must account for and helps open things up for rookie Tee Higgins, Green hasn’t provided the production the Bengals wanted when they tagged him at $18.2 million. — Ben Baby — No. 27

The Bengals were Little Mac stepping into the ring against Mike Tyson on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger carved up an injury-depleted Cincinnati secondary for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and Joe Burrow looked out of sorts playing against Pittsburgh’s elite defense in a 36-10 loss. Through nine games, the Bengals have told us who they are: They can hang with, and occasionally defeat, middling opponents at or near their level … but they are not in the same weight class as the top teams. To wit: The Steelers and Ravens have beaten the Bengals by a combined score of 63-13. Burrow has imported hope to Cincinnati, but the real work has just begun.

Pro Football Talk — No. 19

It was baptism by blast furnace for Joe Burrow.

CBS Sports — No. 27

They just aren’t good enough now to compete with the Steelers or the Ravens. That will come next year.

Yahoo! Sports — No. 23

On a day in which no other Bengal had more than 48 yards against a tough Steelers defense, rookie Tee Higgins put up a 7-115-1 line. Cincinnati hit a home run with that second-round draft pick.

Sports Illustrated — No. 26

I’m still excited to see where things go with Joe Burrow the rest of the way.

The Ringer — No. 27