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John Harbaugh declares Bengals the best team in the NFL

Andy Dalton, Jimmy Wilson


Maybe John Harbaugh just has tunnel vision, because his team is two games behind the AFC North leaders at the moment, and have lost three straight to them.

Either that, or he’s taken leave of his senses.

Via Jamison Hensley of, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has declared the Bengals the best team in the NFL.

“I’ll tell you, I do believe it is the most talented team in the league,” Harbaugh said, apparently with a straight face.

While there are likely folks in New England or Green Bay and other precincts who might argue, the Bengals have been rather stable lately, and quarterback Andy Dalton hasn’t turned the ball over or been sacked this season.

“We have great respect for them, for their coaches [and] the way they play,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, it starts with A.J. Green, but the whole cast of characters there on offense is very talented and gifted – tight ends, running backs, quarterback. The whole group is very good, and they have a heck of an offensive line. I’d say they’re the complete package, talent-wise.”

Harbaugh hasn’t beaten the Bengals since Nov. 2013, so the respect he’s giving them has been earned. Even if it is a bit over the top.