The Cincinnati Bengals’ season has taken a surprising turn after losing Andy Dalton for 4-6 weeks with a fractured thumb. The Bengals will now try to earn a first-round playoff bye with AJ McCarron under center, which, until further notice, puts a question mark on the team’s potential. See where Cincinnati ranks in our Week 15 power rankings, and you can check out last week’s rankings here.
1. Carolina Panthers (13-0); beat Atlanta 38-0, same spot – You can definitely see why Cam Newton is leading the MVP race when considering that in the last six games, he’s thrown for 14 TD’s, rushed for 2 TD’s and tossed just one interception.
2. Arizona Cardinals (11-2); beat Minnesota 23-20, same spot – Games against Green Bay and Seattle to close out the season will get Arizona playoff-ready.
3. New England Patriots (11-2); beat Houston 27-6, up 2 spots – New England halts a two-game slide, and suddenly they’re back in position to grab the AFC’s top seed again.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (10-3); lost to Pittsburgh 33-20, down 1 spot – Andy Dalton might not be back until the middle of the postseason. Can the Bengals last this long?
5. Denver Broncos (10-3); lost to Oakland 15-12, down 1 spot – Brock Osweiler has protected the ball well, but he’s getting sacked on nearly 9 percent of his drop-backs.
6. Seattle Seahawks (8-5); beat Baltimore 35-6, same spot – Seattle has been crushing opponents lately. But can they settle their running back position en lieu of all their injuries?
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5); beat Cincinnati 33-20, up 1 spot – Nobody can stop Pittsburgh’s offense right now. They’re averaging 494 yards in offense in the last five games while scoring over 30 points each time out.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (8-5); beat San Diego 10-3, down 1 spot – Alex Smith threw his first interception in 312 pass attempts – ending the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Tom Brady (358).
10. New York Jets (8-5); beat Tennessee 30-8, up 1 spot – With 89 catches, Brandon Marshall needs just 5 more to break the Jets’ record for most catches in a season.
11. Minnesota Vikings (8-5); lost to Arizona 23-20, same spot – Teddy Bridgewater needs to get rid of the ball quicker; he’s been sacked on 8.4 percent of his drop-backs.
12. Buffalo Bills (6-7); lost to Philadelphia 23-20, same spot – The Bills’ biggest downfall has been penalties since they lead the league in penalties called (147) and penalty yardage (1,086).
14. New York Giants (6-7); beat Miami 31-24, up 4 spots – This is the sixth-straight game that Odell Beckham Jr. has had 100 receiving yards – the longest streak this year.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7); beat Buffalo 23-20, up 5 spots – Sam Bradford is playing much better; he has 5 TD’s and 1 INT in the last four games, compared to 9 TD’s and 10 INT’s in the first 11 contests.
16. Houston Texans (6-7); lost to New England 27-6, up 3 spots – This is the fifth game in which Houston has replaced their quarterback; they’re 1-4 in these contests.
17. Indianapolis Colts (6-7); lost to Jacksonville 51-16, down 3 spots – For the first time since 1953, the Colts have allowed 45 points in back-to-back games.
18. Washington Redskins (6-7); beat Chicago 24-21, up 4 spots – Kirk Cousins should land a pretty big contract this offseason for his play.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7); lost to New Orleans 24-17, down 4 spots – Tampa Bay’s glaring weakness is their pass defense, as they’re giving up a league-leading 68.7 percent completion rate.
20. Atlanta Falcons (6-7); lost to Carolina 38-0, down 4 spots – Atlanta is on a six-game losing streak and they haven’t gotten one rushing TD during this period.
22. New Orleans Saints (5-8); beat Tampa Bay 24-17, up 6 spots – Tim Hightower went from not playing a game since 2011 to rushing 28 times in this victory.
23. St. Louis Rams (5-8); beat Detroit 21-14, up 1 spot – The Rams are 4-1 when Todd Gurley rushes for at least 100 yards.
24. Chicago Bears (5-8); lost to Washington 24-21, down 5 spots – Chicago just can’t win at Soldier Field; they’re 1-6 at home, which is tied for worst with the Titans.
25. Miami Dolphins (5-8); lost to NY Giants 31-24, down 4 spots – With this loss, the Dolphins are guaranteed to miss the playoffs for the seventh-straight season.
26. Detroit Lions (4-9); lost to St. Louis 21-14, down 4 spots – This marked just the second time since 2010 that Calvin Johnson only had one catch in a game.
27. Dallas Cowboys (4-9); lost to Green Bay 28-7, down 2 spots – Matt Cassel has only completed 16-of-42 passes (38.1%) to Dez Bryant this year.
28. San Francisco 49ers (4-9); lost to Cleveland 24-10, down 2 spots – Yet again, Blaine Gabbert fails to win consecutive starts in his career.
29. Baltimore Ravens (4-9); lost to Seattle 35-6, down 2 spots – Baltimore was only losing by a 3.6 PPG margin before playing Seattle and suffering a 29-point loss.
30. Tennessee Titans (3-10); lost to NY Jets 30-8, same spot – At least QB Marcus Mariota caught a touchdown in this game…that was about it, though.
31. Cleveland Browns (3-10); beat San Francisco 24-10, up 1 spot – Johnny Manziel is now 2-2 as a starter. Austin Davis and Josh McCown are 1-8 combined.
32. San Diego Chargers (3-10); lost to KC 10-3, down 1 spot – This is the third time in four games that San Diego has been held to just a field goal.