Both teams are looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a win, making this game a postseason elimination game of sorts. At 3-5-1, Cincinnati is sitting two games behind the Baltimore Ravens entering Week 11. A loss to the Bills this week and a Ravens win over the Dallas Cowboys all but eliminates Cincinnati from postseason contention.
The 4-5 Bills are in worse shape with a Wild Card spot looking like their likeliest path to the playoffs. The problem there is the AFC West group of the Kansas City Chiefs (7-2), Oakland Raiders (7-2), and Denver Broncos (7-3) likely occupies those final two playoff spots with the division winner getting a top four seed.
Buffalo likely needs to win six of their last seven games to squeak into the playoffs. One of them has to be over the Bengals this week, so this should be one of the better Week 11 games to watch with so much on the line for both clubs.
Cincinnati is coming off a heartbreaking 21-20 loss to the New York Giants on Monday. Buffalo is coming off their bye week, which came after a three-game losing streak, the last being a narrow loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Here is everything you will need to watch and follow the Bengals host the Bills.
Buffalo Bills (4-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1)
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Place: Paul Brown Stadium
Announcers: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Chris Spielman (analyst) and Holly Sonders (sideline reporter). The game will be aired in the Bengals home market on WXIX-TV (Channel 19) in Cincinnati, WRGT-TV (Channel 45) in Dayton and WDKY-TV (Channel 56) in Lexington, Ky.
Online: NFL Sunday Ticket
Local Radio: Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Series and recent matchups: The Bills lead 15-14 overall, owning a 15-12 regular-season lead. Prior to 2011, the Bills had won 10 straight against the Bengals, the longest winning streak on record by any team against Cincinnati. but having lost two playoff games against the Bengals. The Bengals lead 9-5 at home against Buffalo. The last series meeting came last season at Buffalo, the Bengals winning 34-21. The most recent meeting at PBS was a 23-20 Bengals win in 2011.
Betting line: The Bengals are a 2.5-point favorite as of Friday morning, according to OddsShark.
SB Nation Affiliate: Buffalo Rumblings
More Reading: Everything Bengals vs Bills.
Weather: Cloudy in the high 30s with a 10-percent chance of rain during the game.
Prediction: Both teams are in must-win mode, but the home team gets the slight edge here. Cincinnati, for all of their issues, has only lost one home game this year, that being to the 7-3 Broncos. This team has its issues, but they play well enough at home to beat average and above average teams like Buffalo. Bengals 27, Bills 23