2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Rams climb after shutting out Cardinals in London

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28. Cincinnati Bengals (28)

Early in the second quarter, the Cincinnati Bengals seemed to be keeping it close with the Pittsburgh Steelers in an attempt to earn their third win in a row following a frustrating 0-3 start. But unfortunately for Marvin Lewis and company, the second quarter ended up being the last time the Bengals would score during their 29-14 loss to the Steelers.

With Cincinnati looking to put themselves in better shape when it comes to getting back in the hunt for the AFC North, a win over Pittsburgh would have been perfect since Mike Tomlin has his team on top of the division at the moment. Instead, the Bengals appear to be on their way to another season of missing out on the postseason, as they enter Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts with a 2-4 record.

While A.J. Green (three catches for 41 yards) struggled to get open on offense, at the end of the day, Andy Dalton deserves a majority of the blame after completing just 17 of 30 passes for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. With all of the struggles Cincinnati has been dealing with, this was a game in which Dalton needed to step it up the most to avoid the team digging a deeper hole, which happened anyway.