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NFL Power Rankings: Bengals, Cardinals look like playoff material


Two of the teams I spent significant time with this summer were the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals.

When I left those places, I did so with the idea that both would have good football teams, would be in the playoffs, and quite possibly could push for a lot more.

Two weeks in, I think I could be right.

The Bengals are 2-0 and disposed of the Atlanta Falcons and their high-flying offense in grand style on Sunday. The 2-0 Cardinals beat the New York Giants on the road without Carson Palmer, which is really telling.

Any time you can win a road game with Drew Stanton, that's a good sign.

The Bengals are up to the second spot in my latest Power Rankings, with Arizona right behind at No. 3.

The Broncos, who will play a Super Bowl rematch with the Seattle Seahawks this week, remain in the top spot. Seattle, which lost to the San Diego Chargers, is down to No. 4.

Some will scoff at the Seahawks sitting behind those two -- I already got hit on Twitter by several correctly saying I would put Arizona ahead of Seattle -- but I think Arizona has earned that spot.

If the Cardinals can beat the 49ers this week, more will agree.

We are two weeks in and there are seven unbeaten teams left in the league. Two of those are the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans. And we wonder why it's so tough to try and get a gauge on this thing.

Do we have any idea?


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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