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NFL Power Rankings: Bengals movin' on up

The Cincinnati Bengals jumped among the power rankings that we monitor.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

SB Nation writes:

The Bengals are hoping that the bye week was a tonic for their depleted defense and Gio Bernard's ailing ribs. They're also hoping that a week off was enough to get Andy Dalton's head right. Unless, of course, right-headed Andy is the one who chucked eight interceptions over their last three games. In that case, they'll be more than happy for Imposter Andy or whoever impersonated Dalton for that scintillating three-game stretch in October to come back with no questions asked. writes:

The Bengals came through in a must-win matchup with the Browns. The play of Andy Dalton remains at center stage, however, and he was no great shakes Sunday, despite throwing three touchdown passes. The pick-six he served on a platter to Joe Haden was ugly. Of course, they say winning cures everything, and Cincinnati is in the driver's seat in the AFC North. Still, it's hard to look past the quarterback.

The list.

SB Nation 6 8 11
ESPN 8 8 10 (Prisco) 7 8 10
Fox Sports (Billick) 6 10 13 9 9 9
Pro Football Talk 7 8 10