Believe it or not, the Bengals might have a way into the playoffs.
According to Chris Mortenson, the NFL Competition Committee is developing a contingency for the playoffs incase games get cancelled.
Things this season are getting wacky. Games might be cancelled, teams might lose byes. Any number of things could go wrong.
To account for this, the NFL is considering letting an extra team get into the playoffs this year.
The contingency, if necessary, would take 4 division champions and 4 wild card teams from each AFC and NFC.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 2, 2020
Playoff seeds would be 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5. https://t.co/bSHoU1OAKd
If this plan goes through, each conference would get four division champions and four wild card teams in the playoffs. In total, there would be sixteen teams.
The Bengals are at 2-5-1 following their win against the Titans. If they keep winning, they have a very realistic chance to be the fourth wild card team. Obviously, they would have to play like they did against the Titans, not like they have at other times this season. But if the Bengals win five or six of the remaining eight games, then they could be in the playoff hunt.
The Bengals have three more games against NFC East teams, otherwise known as the division of garbage. There’s three very winnable games right there. The Bengals would just have to steal three more wins between the Dolphins, Texans, Steelers, and Ravens.
Suddenly, the Bengals are 8-7-1 and in the playoffs.
Is it likely? No. Is it possible? Technically, yes. Is it fun to think about? Absolutely.