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Looking at the BENGALS in the AFC playoff race

Playoffs? Already? Yeah, why not?



After 11 weeks, the Bengals are currently on the outside looking in. But with only 6 games to go, the Bengals find themselves squarely in the playoff hunt.


Thanks to a big Bengals win over a woeful Chiefs team, and losses by both the Steelers & Colts... the AFC playoff race is shaping up into an open fight for 2 wildcard spots.


The division leaders all have a strong foothold on their divisions:
+ New England has a 3 game lead on the Jets / Bills / Dolphins
+ Baltimore has a 2 game lead on the Steelers
+ Houston has a 3 game lead on the Colts
+ Denver has a 3 game lead on the Chargers


Assuming these division winners hold onto their big division leads, the Bengals are hunting for a wild card spot. The wild card standings:


+ Indy 6-4
+ Pitt 6-4
+ Cincy 5-5
+ Five teams at 4-6


So the Bengals basically have 6 weeks to catch or pass either the Colts and/or the Steelers.


Indy has: BUF, at DET, TEN, at HOU, at KC, HOU
Pitt has: at CLE, at BAL, SD, at DAL, CIN, CLE
Cincy has: OAK, at SD, DAL, at PHI, at PIT, BAL




Cincy has 4 straight games that are very winnable: Oakland is 3-7, San Diego is 4-6, Dallas is 5-5, and Philly is 3-7 Cincy’s biggest weakness over the last 2 seasons has been facing good QB’s. In these 4 games, Cincy gets to face 3 of the most prolific INT throwers: Rivers (#1), Romo (#2), and Palmer (#7), not to mention a rookie QB in N Foles for the Eagles. And none of these QB’s are top 10 passers.


After the winnable stretch, the Bengals have to earn their playoff spot. A head-to-head matchup with Pittsburgh, who is currently ahead of them – so a win to deserve to get in. And then a showdown at home vs. Baltimore. Just like last year, Cincy may be playing in week 17 vs. Baltimore for entry into playoffs, against a Ravens team w/nothing left to play for at that point.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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