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Bengals won't be scoreboard watching this weekend

“Heck, I don't know what our record is. You really don't have time to think about that kind of stuff,” says Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth. At this stage of the season, the AFC North is as tight as any in NFL history.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are holding first place by .046 percentage points with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens all sporting second-place 7-4 marks. Or dare I say... sharing last place? Twirling muchache laugh aside, a win by everyone will put Cincinnati in last place if the Bengals lose to the Buccaneers this Sunday in Tampa Bay. Yet, let's not make this exclusively about the Bengals. Everyone is in the same boat.

The players say they don't care... they're focused on Sunday's game.

"The only scoreboard we’re going to look at is our score," says Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, via "After we get out of the shower, we’ll check. Or at the end of the game when it comes across. But during the game we’re not really focused on that. We’re focused on what we've got going on."

The Cleveland Browns head to Buffalo while Pittsburgh and Baltimore host the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers respectively. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis preaches the facts... if you don't take care of business, it won't matter what the other teams in the division are doing.

"We just need to continue to unfold," Lewis said. "It’s always going to work out the way it’s going to work out. We just have to do our thing and worry about us. Everybody is not going to win the games everybody expects them win."

It's understandable if the Bengals aren't watching developments in the division... it's only week 13. There's another quarter of the regular season remaining.