The Bengals are down and facing a tough stretch of games that could knock them out of the playoff picture altogether. Cincinnati travels to face the Saints and Texans on the road, and after a winnable game vs. Tampa Bay, the Bengals host the surging Steelers before facing thew Browns in Cleveland, followed by the home finale vs Denver on Monday Night Football.
After that brutal stretch of games, the Bengals hit the road to face Pittsburgh in the season finale. Needless to say, it's hard to pick out more than 2-3 wins out of that schedule, but this Bengals team has faced and overcome stiffer odds before.
They're also set to get Leon Hall, Vontaze Burfict, Andre Smith and Giovani Bernard over coming weeks, and this will be a different Bengals team than the one we saw lay an egg on Thursday Night Football.
Still, is that enough to come out of that stretch of games with 9 wins, the minimum that will be needed to earn a Wild Card berth?