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Preseason Power Rankings No. 6: Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals rarely are the trendy pick to do anything other than not be very good.  Heading in to the 2013 season, the Bengals are better than very good.  The Bengals are becoming one of the elite teams in the NFL.

Even at No. 6, there’s a long way to go to get to the top of the mountain.  For starters, the Bengals need to end a postseason losing streak that dates back to the game in which they ended Bo Jackson’s football career by destroying his hip on a routine tackle.  And they need to get past the other elite teams in the AFC, like the Ravens, Broncos, and Patriots.

Regardless of whether it happens, the Bengals have become something they haven’t been for more than a generation:  Relevant.  And to the teams they’ll play this year:  Dangerous.

Strengths.

Receiver A.J. Green quickly has become one of the very best receivers in the league, after only two NFL seasons.  He’s Randy Moss without the play-when-I-wanna-play-goalpost-butt-rubbing-I-wouldn’t-feed-this-to-my-dog attitude.  If Green played for a big-market team, he’d already be one of the faces of the league.

The tight end position became much stronger, too, with the selection of first-rounder Tyler Eifert to go with former first-rounder Jermaine Gresham.  Look for the Bengals to get both of them on the field often, taking advantage of the extra attention paid to Green.

On defense, tackle Geno Atkins anchors an underrated line that includes franchise-tagged end Michael Johnson and end Carlos Dunlap, whose 20 sacks despite two career starts helped him earn last week a five-year, $40 million extension.  Coordinator Mike Zimmer, whose inability to get a head-coaching job has worked to Cincy’s benefit, knows how to get the most from all his players, making the Bengals as balanced as any team in the league.

Weaknesses.

Quarterback Andy Dalton isn’t a weakness per se, but he’s not a strength, yet.  More importantly, in a league that has two types of teams (those with franchise quarterbacks and those looking for franchise quarterbacks), Dalton needs to become a franchise quarterback or he’ll eventually be replaced.  Like Christian Ponder in Minnesota, the influx of weapons makes it harder for the quarterback to blame anyone but himself if he doesn’t step up in year three.

The offensive line is more strength than weakness, but there’s a chance the recent surge from right tackle Andre Smith may have been a mirage.  He re-signed for something other than the big-money deal he wanted, and yet by all appearances he’s acting like he got paid.  Chances are he never will.

Beyond A.J. Green, the depth chart at the receiver position remains muddled.  Mohamed Sanu emerged last year as a rookie, but a foot injury ended his season prematurely.  If he’s healthy, he should be the starter across from Green.  The rest of the wideouts need to find ways to contribute, or the Bengals could decide to use plenty of Green-Gresham-Eifert looks.

Changes.

Former Steelers 3-4 linebacker James Harrison provides depth and flexibility for the Bengals’ 4-3 defense, where he can play outside linebacker in non-passing situations and slide to defensive end (or blitz effectively while stacked on a defensive end) on passing downs.

Rookie running back Giovani Bernard diversifies the rushing attack and short passing game, and Bernard possibly could knock BenJarvus Green-Ellis to the bench.  Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert helps make the offense even more dynamics.

Beyond that, there weren’t many major changes, which is a good thing for a team that has been to the postseason for two straight years for the first time in franchise history when one of those years wasn’t shortened by a strike.  Coach Marvin Lewis enters his 11th season with the franchise, and his third with offensive (Jay Gruden) and defensive (Mike Zimmer) coordinators.  For plenty of the team’s free agents, Cincinnati’s patience was rewarded — and the end result is even more continuity.

Position battles.

Running backs Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis will battle each other for playing time, and the rest of the skill-position players for touches.  Ditto for tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, who may also take reps and touches away from the team’s receivers if the team’s receivers can’t get it done.

Quarterback Andy Dalton has been durable, but if he gets injured it’ll be Josh Johnson or John Skelton replacing him.  Johnson could earn some opportunities in a Wildcat-style package.

On defense, a deep and talented defensive line (along with James Harrison, who could play some defensive end) provides a great rotation.  How the opportunities ultimately shake out will hinge in some respects on how well the various players perform during training camp and the preseason.

In the secondary, it’s Leon Hall at one corner and Dre Kirkpatrick, Pacman Jones, and Terence Newman vying for the other starting job.

Prospects.

But for the Broncos, who enter the second year of the Peyton Manning experiment, it would be tempting to predict that the Bengals will make it to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1988 season.  It’s more likely that the Bengals will get back to the playoffs for a third straight year — and perhaps finally win a postseason game.

If  the break the curse of Bo Jackson’s broken hip, coach Marvin Lewis could be destined to lose one or both of his coordinators.  Also, any free agents will be more attractive to other teams, forcing the Bengals to do something other than wait for them to not get offered more money elsewhere.

So this may be the year to go all in, which means the Bengals should be willing to take chances every week in order not just to get to the playoffs but to position themselves for success when they get there.  Which could lead them all the way to New York, for an open-air Super Bowl with conditions that could resemble the 1981 AFC title game against the Chargers.

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82 Responses to “Preseason Power Rankings No. 6: Cincinnati Bengals”
  1. jjpt4540 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:51 AM

    Bengals at six is a joke.

  2. crippled4life says: Jul 22, 2013 8:54 AM

    Way to high.

  3. joshh967 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:55 AM

    What is this…Chicago? Boston? We don’t have curses like that in Cincinnati. Just terrible teams.

  4. newcomer2013 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:59 AM

    Very good defense, but I don’t believe they have the offense to be this high.

  5. deanvernonwormer says: Jul 22, 2013 9:00 AM

    For some reason I just can’t buy the Cincinnati Bengals ever being higher than 20 in any power ratings poll. Maybe it’s just their history and I’m not accustomed to them being any good.

  6. southpaw2k says: Jul 22, 2013 9:00 AM

    Must be a sign of the times for how down the AFC is if the Bengals are considered the #3 team in the conference.

    Though depending on who they face in the first round of the playoffs, they may actually win a playoff game this time.

  7. rukkus1 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:07 AM

    The bengals are better than they get credit for, but they got alot of love on this rating

  8. dirtybird28 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:08 AM

    I feel they should be top ten, around ten, but I guess six is their highest spot I’d give. I still think they need a little more to get over the hump, but still wouldn’t be surprised if they had a deep playoff run. I expected PFT to give them a conservative spot, not a bold spot.

  9. corny715 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:16 AM

    If defense can figure out how to stop the run in the playoffs and offense can score, they will contend. Lol

  10. sfniners4life says: Jul 22, 2013 9:24 AM

    I really like what Marvin Lewis has done with this team after he should’ve been fired for that ocho and to mess but 6 is a lil high. There my pick to win the division and I believe there on the right path to becoming a elite team but not there yet. I really like what Zimmerman done with the D-line and aj green is a elite wr but they lack depth. I honestly was wishing niners would’ve got dalton instead of kaepernick before last year. Dalton is a massive improvement over Carson but only time will tell how good they can become.

  11. dickjagger says: Jul 22, 2013 9:27 AM

    People have been plugging this team since March and I still don’t get it? Sure, they look good on paper, but as we’ve seen before that doesn’t always transition to results on the field. They do have talent, but Dalton? I’m just not seeing it. Way too high!

  12. godofwine330 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:29 AM

    As long as they don’t beat my Browns I am loving the Bengals as a contender. Time for some upheaval in the best division in football. It would be nice to see the Steelers at the bottom.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 22, 2013 9:37 AM

    Cincy fans don’t know if they should have a parade because of this, or just loot and riot.

  14. rizzof57 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:42 AM

    Cincinnati at 6 is right in my opinion. Potentially great defense, everything is going to come down to Andrew Dalton. If he can pull trigger and throw the ball down the field accurately and not be afraid of making mistakes but still manage the games well, then the Bengals will win the AFC North and make a run deep into the playoffs this season. The past is just that the past and it has nothing to do with 2013 season you haters.

  15. basballguy says: Jul 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    The curse of Bo Jackson is underrated.

  16. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 22, 2013 10:01 AM

    I’m a Steelers fan who can admit the Bengals are looking better than ever but an organization has to earn respect and trust of fans of other teams over a longer period of time than 2 years. Its hard to take the Bengals seriously when they made some many bad decisions for so long. Yes they have a very talented roster, but lets see if they have longevity before we crown them a top-6 team.

  17. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    Bungles in front of the Packers. Your nuts… The Packers are going to smack the pi$$ out of them this year. You will see!!!

  18. classyjacklambert says: Jul 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    I think this is the right position for the bengals. Some people have them as higher but they are perennial underachievers. It’s gonna be interesting to see if they can hold off the Steelers to take the division this year while the other will probably still get the wild card.

  19. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 10:05 AM

    Well in the weakest division in the AFC, sounds about right.

  20. cincyalldaway says: Jul 22, 2013 10:07 AM

    Haters are always gonna hate! No matter what. But the fact of the matter is, the Bengals are a young, up and coming team with a very bright future ahead, and a damn good chance to get over the one and done hump in the playoffs this year. The other thing that sticks out, is most all of the haters on this blog are fans of teams that don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating them anyway! Queue that tard from Canada, Joetoronto.

  21. 12444uggg says: Jul 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    14-16 is where’d I’d rank Cincy.

  22. kdsr382013 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:16 AM

    No knock on Dalton, but I do not see them in the top 10 pretty much because of him. I think he could develop into a good QB, and this may be his break out year, but at present he is not even a top 15-18 guy.

    Bengals got a little too much love on this one.

  23. evilfrasiercrane says: Jul 22, 2013 10:22 AM

    I’m not buying it. Dalton is good, receiving corp is so-so, defense is good, but nothing is real good. Good teams just go so far. Real good teams go a lot further. The Bengals haven’t shown us anything since the Carson Palmer years, and not much then either. I wouldn’t put them higher than 10.

  24. jtbsteeler says: Jul 22, 2013 10:27 AM

    Can’t wait for the Steelers to smack the Bungles for ol’ times sake Week 2 in Cincy.

  25. lolo376 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    Number 6?! Some one is taking bath salts again!

  26. dickjagger says: Jul 22, 2013 10:47 AM

    The weakest division in the AFC is the one with your Colt’s, buddy boy!

  27. htown1035 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:50 AM

    Switch them and Houston around, makes more sense.

  28. galvestontexans says: Jul 22, 2013 10:51 AM

    I see them loosing for a 3rd straight year to the Texans in the playoffs. But I think it will be the AFC Championship game this year.

  29. paythevig says: Jul 22, 2013 10:54 AM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says:
    Jul 22, 2013 10:05 AM
    Well in the weakest division in the AFC, sounds about right.
    _________________

    Dude, really? This coming from the AFC South?

  30. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 22, 2013 11:02 AM

    You could put the Bengals as high as #4 or as low as #14. I’m a fan, but even I think #6 is too high.

    I would have said #10, but who knows.

  31. packernation90 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:03 AM

    The bengals ahead of New England, Green Bay, and Houston is a complete joke. Cincinnati has a solid team, but #6? No way

  32. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jul 22, 2013 11:05 AM

    “Johnson could earn some opportunities in a Wildcat-style package.”

    ——-

    Yeah, right. There is ZERO chance of this happening. If they line up anyone at QB for a wildcat type play, it would be Sanu.

  33. Johnny-5-is-alive says: Jul 22, 2013 11:07 AM

    The Cincinnati Bengals? Getting due credit from a media outlet that isn’t based in Cincinnati? That may be strange to see, but it should be the norm for a while. That is easily the most under-rated team in the league, yet this article put them at about where they belong. However,…without winning some playoff games this year, the Bengals will continue to be a joke. All in all, I have no doubt that this is one of the few NFL teams set up to win for a long period of time. It’s hard to find an NFL roster with more talent than in Cincinnati…..time to show it.

  34. skolvikesskol says: Jul 22, 2013 11:07 AM

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  35. newcomer2013 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:10 AM

    The Bengals have a history of dissapointment so it is understandable that the sceptics are out in force.

  36. grogansheroes says: Jul 22, 2013 11:10 AM

    The Bengals have put together a quality roster. That being said, they lack the two most important things to be elite in the NFL. 1. A great coach, and 2. A great QB. It doesn’t matter how great the roster is, the Bengals are still just a very good team until they upgrade the two most important positions.

  37. smackingfools says: Jul 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    These are the Madden 25 rankings. Relax, guys.

  38. emperorzero says: Jul 22, 2013 11:22 AM

    There is no way the Bengals are better than the Packers and Patriots.

  39. winkeroni says: Jul 22, 2013 11:24 AM

    Their defense is good, among the best in their division. The running game should be improved with the addition of Giovani Bernard but the reason he was a 2nd round pick was because the likelihood of him making it through the season completely healthy is slim.

    Dalton isn’t a bad qb just doesn’t have the natural gift of arm strength. Arm strength isn’t everything though.

  40. robnel36 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    deanvernonwormer says:
    Jul 22, 2013 9:00 AM
    For some reason I just can’t buy the Cincinnati Bengals ever being higher than 20 in any power ratings poll. Maybe it’s just their history and I’m not accustomed to them being any good.
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    You obviously haven’t watched the postseason the last two years when they were in it.

  41. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jul 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    @muskyhunter: The Bengals have beaten the Packers twice in a row.

    @jbtsteeler: The Bengals beat the Steelers at Heinz last year.

    The Bengals have also beaten the snot out of the Giants, Seahawks and plenty other teams recently. Guess that’s where all the hate is coming from.

  42. jprcox says: Jul 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    Six spot “seems” high for the Bengals, but who else would take their spot?? I certainly wouldn’t slide NE up one spot. Bengals are in this spot by default as I can’t think of another team to slide up, nor could I even imagine them to be better than any of the next five teams.

    I guess this is about right…

  43. ravensrooster94 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:43 AM

    The rank may be too high, but it doesn’t change the fact that Marvin Lewis has done a remarkable job with this team given that the team is owned by a man who makes Dollar General look expensive.

  44. dashrendar1 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:56 AM

    Well only 12 teams make the playoffs and they’ve made it 3 of the last 4 years so people saying they should always be around 20 must not have watched much of the NFL the last few years.

    I too think 6 is high and would have them around 10 but hey its just some writers making predictions, for all we know the Packers and Pats might be 6-10 and the Jets go 11-5. I’ll just enjoy the hype for now.

  45. junglerat524 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:13 PM

    Dalton will be fine. Tell me something. Was Jeff Hostetler an elite QB? Mark Rypien? Trent Dilfer ? Brad Johnson?…They all started for Super Bowl Winners. He just has to be efficient, not outstanding. The Bengals have great depth this year and #6 seems fair.

    The AFC North is a 2 team race this year. THe Ravens should be the favorite though.

  46. 1historian says: Jul 22, 2013 12:24 PM

    Every “up and coming” team has a signature game that they HAVE to win, aka a “We’re here and we’re bad’ game. The Bengals have not done that.

    I remember a few years back when the (my) Patriots were down a bit and had just lost at home. Their next game was at Cincy. The Bengals had just beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and all week they were mouthing off about how they would kick ass on the Pats.

    I forget the exact score but it wasn’t close and the Bengals went home with their tails between their legs and weren’t heard from much after that.

    Preseason rankings? Meaningless.

    And they have the worst looking uniforms in the whole league.

  47. junglerat524 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:27 PM

    Blasphemy!!!

    Those uniforms are awesome!!!

  48. chickenwing4192 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:36 PM

    Yes, the Bengals have been terrible for 20 years and that was due to Mike Brown thinking he was a real GM. Things turned about 4 years ago when Marvin gained more control of player personnel. Marvin is a very good head coach and it will become apparent now that Brown has partially removed the handcuffs.

    Dalton only had one guy to throw too at the end of last year, and that has been addressed in the draft with Eifert and Bernard. Dalton will very good, not “elite”, but very good.

  49. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says: Jul 22, 2013 12:47 PM

    junglerat524 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 12:13 PM
    Dalton will be fine. Tell me something. Was Jeff Hostetler an elite QB? Mark Rypien? Trent Dilfer ? Brad Johnson?…They all started for Super Bowl Winners. He just has to be efficient, not outstanding. The Bengals have great depth this year and #6 seems fair.

    The AFC North is a 2 team race this year. THe Ravens should be the favorite though.
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  50. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says: Jul 22, 2013 12:48 PM

    junglerat524 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 12:13 PM
    Dalton will be fine. Tell me something. Was Jeff Hostetler an elite QB? Mark Rypien? Trent Dilfer ? Brad Johnson?…They all started for Super Bowl Winners. He just has to be efficient, not outstanding. The Bengals have great depth this year and #6 seems fair.

    The AFC North is a 2 team race this year. THe Ravens should be the favorite though.

    jeff hostetler and mark rypien ? dude these are examples over 20 years ago…1990 and 1991 there are nfl players that were born after these dates; those examples are not relevant

  51. junglerat524 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:54 PM

    What about the other two then? They are still alive right?

  52. lingsun54 says: Jul 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    Way too high for the Bengals. You’d expect them to win 12 games rated that high. With a QB who might not be better than Matthew Stafford.

  53. 1historian says: Jul 22, 2013 2:20 PM

    JUNGLERAT524 – Your 12:27

    I disagree – they’re AWFUL!!!

    Good handle, btw.

  54. bengalsbuddy05 says: Jul 22, 2013 2:25 PM

    It’s so funny that when I look at our schedule the only hard games I’d be surprised if we won is packers and patriots. The other games I can see us even coming close to being blown out! We might drop one to the ravens but that still leave us at 13-3. Our defense didn’t take a hit like the other defenses did. Ravens-free agents steelers- free agents broncos- suspensions Seattle-suspensions ect. Think we could have the best d in the league next to the niners.

  55. coachbeck says: Jul 22, 2013 2:27 PM

    11-12 wins is not out of the question for them this year. They play the NFCN and marvin usually destroys that division.

  56. ccjcsr says: Jul 22, 2013 2:52 PM

    This ranking has to be based on Hype! No way the Bengals are #6 maybe 10-15.

  57. 52lightsxout52 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:08 PM

    I for one, view the Bengals as an up and coming team, and they are my darkhorse pick to win the AFC North this year, but ranking them ahead of New England and Green Bay is pure comedy. I would’ve put them somewhere in the 8 – 12 range…

  58. rajbais says: Jul 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    Dalton < Romo, Cutler, Schaub.

    How are the Bengals "elite" when the latter there's teams aren't one bit regarded as that???

    Florio has to stop overrating Andy Dalton and realize he's a red headed Kyle Orton.

  59. jmason100 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    The only people who really understand the quality of this team are those who are “rational” fans and the media that covers the team. All others are just going on pure history which the media loves to foster.

    This team as the roster to be special. Will they….who knows, but they have the roster to do special things.

    12-4 and a 1 or 2 seed in the playoffs isn’t out of the question.

  60. rajbais says: Jul 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    This prediction will be as stupid as the One that featured ex-Bengal Chad Johnson being his old self in Miami in 2012.

  61. channer81 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:21 PM

    Their running game isn’t sexy by any means. Green is great and their Dline is arguably the best in the NFL.. I still think 6 is too high.

  62. bengals78 says: Jul 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    Sixth? That’s as crazy as saying they’d be only one of about six (?) teams to make the playoffs three out of the last four years! Oh, wait a minute, that one already happened…

  63. samoanjungle says: Jul 22, 2013 5:43 PM

    People seem to forget how good their Offense was last year once Sanu got going. He is back and they got 3 exciting Offensive playmakers in the draft to boot. Their O-Line was VERY young last year but still did a good job (they had 3 first year starters, 2 being Rookies and the other a second year player). LBs improved, we have 2 very promising DTs in their second year, Leon Hall is healthy again and Dre Kirkpatrick is coming back. That’s a lot of pluses for a team that was already pretty good.
    It’s all potential though – let’s play ball and find out who is real!!!

  64. coachcj01 says: Jul 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    Glad to see the Bengals moving up. I am a Fan of the World Champion Ravens but I see that this division is being picked as it should be so far. Never count out the Steelers but in the end the AFC north will be a race between the Bengals and the Ravens. Should be a fun year.

  65. crewdawg says: Jul 22, 2013 6:49 PM

    Bengals at six is a joke, everytime they’ve had to win a big time game against elite competition regular season or playoffs they’ve come up short. Not buying the hype until they prove themselves. Might make the playoffs but if they do they will be one and done. Nobody is going anywhere with Marvin Lewis at the helm.

  66. 3ebfan says: Jul 22, 2013 8:28 PM

    Strange as is sounds, Sanu is the key to this offense. When he was playing before his injury, dalton was 11/2 td to pick with three 100+ qb ratings games. Andy never has looked more confident than that stretch. I predict a full season from Sanu will equal 30+tds from Dalton.

  67. 1newprodigy says: Jul 22, 2013 8:44 PM

    They may not have an elite QB but you take the qb out of the equation and they are probably the best team in football. Sure will be a great season of hard knox. Can’t wait to see this team up close.

  68. ncbengalmike says: Jul 22, 2013 8:56 PM

    1historian says:
    Jul 22, 2013 12:24 PM
    Every “up and coming” team has a signature game that they HAVE to win, aka a “We’re here and we’re bad’ game. The Bengals have not done that.

    I remember a few years back when the (my) Patriots were down a bit and had just lost at home. Their next game was at Cincy. The Bengals had just beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and all week they were mouthing off about how they would kick ass on the Pats.

    I forget the exact score but it wasn’t close and the Bengals went home with their tails between their legs and weren’t heard from much after that.

    Preseason rankings? Meaningless.

    And they have the worst looking uniforms in the whole league.

    ____________________
    Signature win? How about beating the Steelers at heinz last game of the year last year sealing a playoff birth and eliminating the Steelers

  69. raymondtx says: Jul 22, 2013 11:30 PM

    Are u kidding me? We are talking about the bungals man, the bungals!

  70. earlywormgetseaten says: Jul 23, 2013 12:45 AM

    Best D line in football.

  71. cfeeley52 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:10 PM

    southpaw2k says:
    Jul 22, 2013 9:00 AM
    Must be a sign of the times for how down the AFC is if the Bengals are considered the #3 team in the conference.

    Though depending on who they face in the first round of the playoffs, they may actually win a playoff game this time.
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    An AFC team just won the superbowl, but i guess you’re right the conference as a whole must be on the decline… Think before you speak…

  72. cfeeley52 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:14 PM

    classyjacklambert says:
    Jul 22, 2013 10:03 AM
    I think this is the right position for the bengals. Some people have them as higher but they are perennial underachievers. It’s gonna be interesting to see if they can hold off the Steelers to take the division this year while the other will probably still get the wild card.
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    The Steelers haven’t taken the division themselves in two years, keep dreaming but it’s a different team they need to hold off…

  73. banlarson says: Jul 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    Ahm, is the writer from Cincy? People from Cincy wouldn’t put them this high. Rediculous.

  74. dawkinsalwaysaneagle says: Jul 23, 2013 1:19 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan first but I like the Bengals from afar. Something tells me Dalton is going to have a great year.

  75. jacktheraven says: Jul 23, 2013 4:30 PM

    Most of us Ravens fans doubt the Bengals can win consistently. We worry about the Steelers more. There seems to be a lot of pressure on Dalton & Coach Lewis. We’ll see.

  76. Frazier28/7 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:04 PM

    He’s great and has been for my fantasy football league, but Randy Moss is a once in a lifetime talent.

  77. cea1956 says: Jul 24, 2013 12:19 AM

    If they are half as good as they look on paper it will be great year to be a Bengal fan!!! They have lost no-one from last year pretty much so keeping a team together means more than most think. they are still a very young team so we will see how that goes. If they stay healthy they will suprise alot of teams this year!! This is not the Bengals of old!! they still have to prove it on the field tho

  78. dj701919 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    The Texans vs The Bengals

    QB: Push
    RB: Advantage Texans
    WR: Advantage Texans
    TE: Push
    OL: Advantage Texans
    DL: Advantage Texans
    LB: Advantage Texans
    CB: Advantage Texans
    S: Advantage Texans

    I can certainly understand why you think the Bengals are better.

  79. htown1035 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:44 PM

    So you would put the Texans at #10 because you question the QB, despite the talent and the team around him, then you put the Bengals at #6 even though everyone questions the QB, despite the talent and the team around him.

    Makes no sense.

  80. dj701919 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:00 PM

    htown1035,

    I’m from Houston.

    Please reread my original post and apply the most sarcasm you can possibly muster.

    Although, I will say that don’t question the ability of our QB. He sucks. He is a mental midget and will never make the plays we need him to make, when we need him to make them.

  81. htown1035 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    My comment was more directed at Florio than responding to yours. However I disagree with the notion that Schaub sucks. It wasn’t his fault the team collapsed, although he didn’t play well either. It was a team thing.

    If Flacco can win it all, Schaub can. I would still put him over Dalton in terms of how good they are. Maybe take Dalton because of his age, but as of right now there’s no question Schaub’s better.

    And as for your post, I’d probably put their DL over ours despite having Watt there, but that’s it.

  82. quickstrong says: Jul 30, 2013 11:26 AM

    Bengals at 6 is a joke. Someone is trying to believe something that just isn’t going to happen.

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