Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: The Broncos Are Starting To Slide

Peyton Manning

8. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 11)

Maybe this isn’t the Bengals of the past few years. While Cincinnati will enter the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, it might have finally won a clutch game before the postseason began altogether. With their home victory over the Broncos, the Bengals flexed their muscles on national television and went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the league. The victory was obviously critical to push Cincinnati into the playoffs, but should also give an added boost to the morale as a team with four playoff appearances in its last five seasons will look to add its first postseason win since January 6, 1991, one year before running back Jeremy Hill was born.

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