2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Rams make major jump after crushing Colts

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25. Cincinnati Bengals (15)

Over the years, there have been numerous occasions in which the Cincinnati Bengals felt plenty of frustration towards Andy Dalton, and after the team watched their previously impressive playoff streak come to an end in 2016, the former TCU standout knew it was up to him to get this team back on track. Unfortunately for Dalton, the Bengals quarterback arguably displayed one of the most disappointing performances of his career during opening weekend against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the offense with more questions than answers.

There aren’t many teams that are still going to end up on the winning end when their quarterback finishes a performance with five turnovers, and seeing Dalton do so in front of his own fans in the opener was painful to witness. Sure, Cincinnati can say it was only one performance, and there’s no reason for concern since Baltimore’s defense is elite, but Dalton isn’t in a position where he can afford these kind of games.

As previously mentioned, there is already a ton of pressure on the Bengals to bounce back following last year to become contenders in the AFC once again. Clearly, the only chance that’s going to happen is if the offensive line figures out a way to improve moving forward to help take some of that pressure off Dalton so the quarterback doesn’t have another outing like Week 1 against the Ravens.