NFL Power Rankings: Falcons, Packers drop in Week 9
Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) returns a punt as Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Shamarko Thomas (29) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (88) chase during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
2. CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-0)
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The Cincinnati Bengals are 7-0. Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals are 7-0. They came through a tough challenge on the road in Pittsburgh. With Ben Roethlisberger back from a knee injury, the Bengals knew they would be facing a fired up Steelers team.
What threatened to be an offensive shootout turned into a defensive showdown, and the Bengals had just enough to get it done. Two plays after an Andy Dalton pick threatened to set Pittsburgh on a clock-draining drive to ice the game, the Bengals struck back with an interception of their own. Six plays later, Cincinnati leads.
The division is all but won. The Bengals are rolling and now own a three game leads over the Steelers, currently with the tiebreaker. That can change with a Steelers win then next time they meet. But barring any major injuries, Cincinnati is heading to the playoffs and is in the hunt for a first-round bye.
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