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Bengals jump three spots in NFL power rankings

Maybe the Bengals aren’t finished after all.

Back-to-back wins have salvaged the season. At 2-3, Cincinnati sits a game out of first in the AFC North. As a result, they’re up in NFL.com’s power rankings to No. 23.

“The Bengals have quietly won two in a row. What if they had held on at Lambeau in Week 3? Ever since getting embarrassed on opening Sunday and looking awful on offense versus the Texans in front of a national audience in Week 2, Cincinnati has played quality football. The meat in this taco, though, is at wide receiver. A.J. Green has been dominant over the last three games, posting 22 catches, 363 yards and three touchdowns. Those are Tecmo Super Bowl numbers. #EddieBrown”

Division-leading Pittsburgh came in 14th, though it’s having its own problems. Beaten-up Baltimore was 21. Cleveland, of course, was last. So the AFC North might be ripe for the taking.

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