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    Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    ESPN has them at #4:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking

    FOX Sports has them at #3:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/4910694

    Sagarin Ratings at USA Today have them at #4:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/nfl05.htm

    If the Bengals are to have any chance whatsoever at a BCS bowl, these rankings will be of the utmost importance.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    The Bengals point differential is awesome.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    The Bengals point differential is awesome.
    And likely to stay that way after playing Houston this week.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Next to REDS red, I bleed Bengals orange. BUT (ugh!)... I am being cautiously optimistic. The thing that keeps ringing in my head is, "Who have the Bengals played so far?" Hey, all games count the same. But Cleveland (sorry, GAC!), this year's Minnesota and Chicago do not bring fear into anyone. I am probably just jilted by years of reading about a new year and then getting the same old results... hard to blame a die-hard for being cautiously optimistic at this point!

    With that being said, I also consider that the Bengals have to finish 7-6 to be 10-6 for the season. 10-6 should get them into that thing called... uh, ummm, err, THE PLAYOFFS (hard for REDS/Bengals diehards to remember that P-word).

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
    Next to REDS red, I bleed Bengals orange. BUT (ugh!)... I am being cautiously optimistic. The thing that keeps ringing in my head is, "Who have the Bengals played so far?" Hey, all games count the same. But Cleveland (sorry, GAC!), this year's Minnesota and Chicago do not bring fear into anyone. I am probably just jilted by years of reading about a new year and then getting the same old results... hard to blame a die-hard for being cautiously optimistic at this point!
    I'm no Bengals fan and you're right, the 3 teams they played shouldn't strike fear in the hearts of anyone. That said they did win and they will play CLE again along with the other 2 NFC teams in that division who aren't doing so well.
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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
    The thing that keeps ringing in my head is, "Who have the Bengals played so far?" Hey, all games count the same. But Cleveland (sorry, GAC!), this year's Minnesota and Chicago do not bring fear into anyone.
    You have to remember some of the previous seasons where they would still beat the bad teams, but by very slim margins and when they played good teams they had a lot of those "almost" wins. Yes, they've been beating some so so teams, but they have been doing it convincingly, which is the way you're supposed to beat those teams.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    They roughed up a pretty good Bears defense. That speaks volumes. The Vikings are better than that game too, and could still be a force in the division.

    I think they have not only a winning record this season, but at least 13 wins.

    mark that down. i said 13 wins.
    Suck it up cupcake.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Also of note, has anyone noticed the game Culpepper had when he wasn't playing against the Bengals defense? Dilfer hasn't done too poorly either. Maybe those QBs looked bad because the defense made them look bad, not just because we caught them on an off day.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Also, the Bengals aren't just "beating" the bad teams, the games aren't even close. In years past, they would have beaten Cleveland 16-13, or whatever. This year, they trounce them. Ditto Chicago and Minnesota.

    Twill be interesting to see how they fare against a more competitive opponent. Won't be Texas, though, I'm afraid.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    Also, the Bengals aren't just "beating" the bad teams, the games aren't even close. In years past, they would have beaten Cleveland 16-13, or whatever. This year, they trounce them. Ditto Chicago and Minnesota.

    Twill be interesting to see how they fare against a more competitive opponent. Won't be Texas, though, I'm afraid.
    These games are still very imortant. If they can put together a good winning streak and build up a decent lead in the division before they have to play any really good teams, that would take some pressure off them during some of those tougher games.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by TRF
    They roughed up a pretty good Bears defense. That speaks volumes. The Vikings are better than that game too, and could still be a force in the division.

    I think they have not only a winning record this season, but at least 13 wins.

    mark that down. i said 13 wins.
    Good points TRF. I remember in the week leading up to the Viking game how so many were saying "now you guys are gonna get the real test", "the Vikings aren't patsies like Cleveland", etc etc. And after that in the week leading up to the Bears game message boards were flooded with "let's see how they do against the best defense in the league", "the Bears are the class of that division, the Bengals are in trouble on the road", etc etc.

    The thing is I don't hear many people saying that maybe they looked as bad as they did when they played us because of what we DID as opposed to what the Bears and Vikes DIDN'T do. I mean is it totally outside the realm of possibility to think that we are good enough this year to make other teams look really bad?

    The Vikes bounced back fairly decent this past week against the Saints, Cleveland won on the road at Green Bay which is never easy regardless of how well many expect the Packers to do this season, and the Bears will win more games than people expect this year with that defense. The common denominator with all of them is they ran into a far superior team.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander
    These games are still very imortant.
    I'm not saying that they aren't. In fact, just the opposite--I'm saying these games are a good indicator of this team, because in years past they would have barely squeeked by against the Clowns, but now they throttle them--as a truly good team should.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    I'm not saying that they aren't. In fact, just the opposite--I'm saying these games are a good indicator of this team, because in years past they would have barely squeeked by against the Clowns, but now they throttle them--as a truly good team should.
    Well, I wasn't really intending to say that you said they aren't important. Maybe I didn't word myself quite properly. Anyway, it's nice that we can even be having this discussion. It's been too many years. Maybe if they can spank Indy, then folks will stop selling them short.

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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Rankings for the Bengals opponents thus far...

    Cleveland: ESPN - 27 ; FOXSP - 27 ; USA - 21
    Minnesota: ESPN - 19 ; FOXSP - 23 ; USA - 18
    Chicago: ESPN - 25 ; FOXSP - 21 ; USA - 22
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    Re: Lots of love for Bengals from sites that do power rankings

    Well, they only gained 244 yards against the Bears. The good news was that they didn't need to go very far to score. But they struggled for much of the game against that defense.
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