NFL Power Rankings: Panthers rise, Patriots fall in Week 13
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts after defeating the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
5. CINCINNATI BENGALS (9-2)
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The Cincinnati Bengals got back on track after losing their past two, and took another giant leap towards the AFC North crown. With the Steelers losing in Seattle, the Bengals were able to extend their lead at the top of the division with an emphatic 31-7 beat down of the St. Louis Rams.
Rams quarterback Nick Foles had a day to forget against the Bengals defense, throwing no touchdowns but three interceptions. The Bengals were also able to successfully shut down rookie running back Todd Gurley, who was held to just 19 yards on nine carries.
The fight for a first-round bye is well and truly on in the AFC, and Cincinnati is right in the hunt. A Week 16 matchup with the Denver Broncos could determine who is able to squeeze into the bye week along with the Patriots.
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