NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Cincinnati Bengals by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):



Chris Berman (ESPN, 13) - Steady Eddie behind dandy Andy.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 9) - Hitting stride at the right time - a young team gaining confidence.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 11)

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 10) - Zimmer's defense leads the league in sacks and they have a RB (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) who's had three straight 100-yard rushing days for the first time in his career.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 12) - Bengals come up with late interception to seal the win over San Diego and stay within striking distance of a second straight playoff berth, something that hasn't happened under Marvin Lewis.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 10) - The Bengals defense has 15 sacks in their last four games and leads the NFL with 39.

Clark Judge (, 13) - The good news: The Bengals are hot. The bad: They have two games left with Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 12) - With an October lull well behind them, the Bengals are on a serious playoff surge.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/, 13) - They may miss the playoffs, but they are better than a few of the 12 that will make it. Big showdown in Pittsburgh getting closer!

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 13) - The Bengals are stacking W's and proving to be tough competition.

Alex Marvez (, 11) - The Bengals are getting more dangerous offensively now that the rushing attack is getting on track. BenJarvus Green-Ellis enjoyed his third consecutive 100-yard outing in last Sunday's 20-13 win over San Diego.


Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 9) - They have won three in a row by an average of 21 points per game.


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