A weekly examination of the Bengals' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 9 | Last Week: 8 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Stop us if you've read this before: The Cincinnati Bengals check in at No. 8 in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings. That's right, for the fourth consecutive week, the Bengals came in eighth in the latest Power Rankings as compiled by our six-person voting panel. Even after going 3-0 in a four-week stretch that includes an important division win, a key road victory and one over a fellow division leader, Cincinnati remains in the spot it has occupied since Nov. 19.
The Bengals first checked in at No. 8 after climbing from 10th following their Week 11 win over the visiting Cleveland Browns.
The teams immediately around the Bengals in the Power Rankings have changed over the past month. Two weeks ago, the 49ers were seventh. Following their win over No. 1-ranked Seattle this past weekend, the 49ers settled at No. 5 in this week's rankings. The Colts, 42-28 losers to the Bengals on Sunday, went from ninth in last week's rankings to 11th in those released Tuesday. One positive the Bengals do have going for themselves despite this month of stagnation is the fact that they were in the top 10 on all six ballots this week. Two voters even ranked them seventh.