CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: A.J.Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a touchdown catch against Jerraud Powers #25 of the Indianapolis Colts during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
K.C. Joyner, over at ESPN, took an in-depth look at the Bengals chances at making the playoffs this season. The Bengals currently sit at 4-2, and Joyner believes that nine wins might be enough for the Bengals to earn a playoff spot. He sees five favorable games for the Bengals during the rest of the season: Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, and the Arizona Cardinals. If the Bengals win all five of those games, they will have reached a minimum of nine wins on the season. If they lose one or two of those games, they will need to make up the difference from the five games they play against the Baltimore Ravens (two games), Pittsburgh Steelers (two games), or Houston Texans.
The fact that the national media seriously considers the Bengals to be in playoff contention in our supposed rebuilding year speaks volumes to the success that Marvin Lewis, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are having.
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