The 2022 season could not have started any worse for the Cincinnati Bengals. They dropped their first two games and looked nothing like the team that made a run to the Super Bowl in 2021.
Cincinnati has turned things around over the last few weeks. They have won two consecutive games and are currently in a three-way tie atop the AFC North with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Their sudden good fortune has impressed one major outlet.
The Athletic recently released its latest power rankings. After landing at no. 11 a week ago, the Bengals found themselves at no. 6 heading into Week 5.
Bo Wulf on the Bengals ranking:
“The Bengals have to feel good about where they sit after weathering the storm of an 0-2 start. The defense is playing very well — No. 6 in EPA per drive — while the offense seems to be rounding into form and too talented to stay mired at No. 19 in EPA per drive for long, especially with an improving offensive line.”
Both sides of the ball have certainly picked up their play for the Bengals. After three touchdowns and four interceptions in the first two weeks, quarterback Joe Burrow has tossed five touchdowns and zero interceptions during the Bengals’ current win streak. Defensively, the Bengals have forced six turnovers, only allowed one touchdown in five red zone possessions, and allowed just 13.5 points per game.
The Bengals have a challenging road for the rest of October. They have division road games against the Ravens and Browns as well as a trip down to New Orleans to face the Saints and their tough defense.
Luckily for the Bengals, their slow start didn’t affect their standing in the AFC North at all, and now would be the perfect time for them to create a little separation from the pack.
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