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NFL Playoff Picture: Bengals with third seed heading into Week 10

The Cincinnati Bengals enter week ten with the No. 3 seed with the AFC's third-best record. It's early but the playoff picture countdown begins.

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Week 9 has concluded for the Cincinnati Bengals, who have now reached the midway mark into the season. This of course means... playoffs! Well, not quite. However, as the league resolves its intra-divisional disputes and conference-related issues, the playoffs will become clearer each week until the final week of the season.

Now, if the season were to end today, the seeding would go like this.

  1. New England Patriots (7-2)
  2. Denver Broncos (6-2)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2-1)
  4. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)

The first and second seeds, New England and Denver, receive a first-round bye while the Cincinnati Bengals, with the third-best record in the AFC, are the No. 3 seed. As of this posting, Cincinnati would host the Kansas City Chiefs, who win tiebreakers with the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, all of whom are 5-3.

We get it. It's early for postseason picture stuff. If you're not into it, then don't worry yourself about making soapbox statements about it being too early. You're obviously not part of this audience; this is for people who enjoy early-November postseason picture postings.