Typically, teams in the top-5 of the BES rankings have one glaring strength and an opposing weakness. But that just isn’t so for the Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) who placed third overall in the Week 2 BES Rankings with a monstrous score of 3.41.
Unlike the Broncos (2-0) who own the No. 1 BES Defense (3.55) but rank 23rd in BES Offense (2.26) or the Patriots (2-0) who are No. 2 on offense (3.27) and 17th in defense (2.44), the Bengals are top-5 in both categories.
Owning the No. 1 BES Offense (3.29) and No. 4 BES Defense (2.87), the Bengals are clearly more balanced than any of their co-inhabitants in the top-5 BES Overall.
That bodes well for the Bengals who are currently first place in the AFC North and on another quest for a postseason berth. However, their schedule up until now has been devoid of divisional combatants.
In Week 1 they obliterated the Raiders (1-1) 33-13 and followed that with a 24-19 disposal of the Chargers in Week 2.
Nevertheless, that will change in Week 3 when they visit the division rival Ravens (0-2) who are 24th in BES Overall and offer a score of 2.17. A road victory over the Ravens could solidify Bengals’ place among the BES’ elite squads.
A loss, on the other hand, would send them plummeting back down to earth and offer a sobering reminder of how, despite the numbers, it’s still too early to separate contenders from pretenders.