AFC Power Rankings Week 16: Chiefs rise to No. 2

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Cincinnati Bengals. 4. player. 56. <p>Although the Bengals are the only team besides the Patriots with a playoff spot locked up, they get slotted at No. 4 this week because they lost to the Steelers a week ago and the Chiefs are simply too hot to discount right now. Also, the Bengals just aren’t the same without Andy Dalton, so there’s that. However, A.J. McCarron was efficient in the easy win over San Francisco yesterday, connecting on 15 of 21 passing attempts for 192 yards and a score.</p> <p>Adam Jones picked off his third pass of the season yesterday, giving him three straight three-interception seasons. In addition to forcing four turnovers, the Bengals’ defense allowed just 45 rushing yards to running backs. If Marvin Lewis is going to win his first playoff game as head coach, it will be a result of some great defensive play more than quarterbacking.</p> <p>A road game in Denver presents a big test for this team before a sleepy season finale at home against the lowly Ravens.</p>. AFC North. 11-3

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