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    Week 2 Meaningless Power Rankings

    23. Bengals (0-1; No. 29): Andy Dalton went a long way toward ensuring that his run of underachievement in Cincinnati will continue beyond 2019.

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    27. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

    Preseason ranking: 28
    Rookie who flashed: Michael Jordan, G
    How the newcomer starred: Cincinnati's rookies had a relatively quiet day, but Jordan held his own at left guard against a quality Seattle defensive front. Jordan played every snap of the 21-20 loss and had a solid performance, according to first-year coach Zac Taylor. -- Ben Baby

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    [COLOR=#525252 !important]RANK

    [COLOR=#525252 !important]24[/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#525252 !important]CINCINNATI BENGALS (0-1)[/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#00A651 !important]6 [/COLOR]

    Previous rank: No. 30

    This was a promising start for the Bengals, even in defeat. Cincinnati walked into a hostile environment and went punch for punch with the Seahawks for four quarters. The final score doesn't reflect it, but it felt like the Bengals were the better team, as contradictory as that might seem. Cincy's defense held Seattle to 233 yards of total offense, and Andy Dalton -- in his ninth season and first game under new coach Zac Taylor -- set a career high with 418 passing yards. Dalton reached that benchmark not with superstar receiver A.J. Green (out with an ankle injury), but instead with third-year pro John Ross, who played like the ace Green counterpart the Bengals expected him to be when they selected him ninth overall in 2017. It makes you wonder if we underestimated how much this offense will improve in the post-Marvin Lewis era. The next step for Taylor's team is to figure out how to win games like this.


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