NFL Power Rankings: Patriots climb entering Week 16

FanSided's NFL Power Rankings have been updated following the Super Bowl.
FanSided's NFL Power Rankings have been updated following the Super Bowl. /
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56. <p>The Cincinnati Bengals are undoubtedly a far lesser team with Andy Dalton injured and not starting at quarterback. Despite his mild struggles prior to suffering the injury last week, he’s far and away their best option at the position and has shown this season how dominant he can be when he’s at his best. Even without him, the Bengals showed in Week 15 that they can survive even without Dalton.</p> <p>Even if it was against a team starting Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, the Bengals proved just how dominant they can be in every regard. They got after the passer, they stifled the run, and they created turnovers in terms of both fumbles and interceptions. Not only is that valuable regardless of anything else, but it also shows that Cincinnati can win football games with A.J. McCarron at quarterback simply by dominating on the other side of the ball.</p> <p>Moreover, McCarron was solid as the Bengals starter in San Francisco. While he may have not lit the world on fire with his productivity, the inexperienced quarterback limited his mistakes, didn’t turn the ball over, and took advantage of drives that started with great field position. This team is best with Dalton, obviously; but they are more than adequate still in the Red Rifle’s absence.</p>. (11-3). Previous: . cincinnati bengals. 5. team

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