Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

Randall Cobb

9. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 10)

Was there any team less deserving of a win on Sunday than the Cincinnati Bengals? Traveling to Tampa Bay to play the 2-9 Buccaneers, the Bengals had the easiest scheduled game of the AFC North combatants, and could not afford to leave without the win. In the end, they did, but no Bengals fan walked away from that game feeling good about anything except another number in the win column. The one-point victory, coupled with every other team in the division losing, now gives the Bengals a solid lead in the AFC North. With a sweep of the Ravens already under their belt, the Bengals will likely only have to split against the Steelers and beat the Browns — or get some help from Cleveland’s opponent — to grab the team’s second straight division crown.

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