From 2019 to 2020, the Cincinnati Bengals won a grand total of six games.
With a Week 12 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati would pass that total with seven victories while remaining in firm contention for a playoff spot.
In addition to beating a playoff-contending Raiders team today, the Bengals got help in several other games that increased their playoff positioning. The biggest was the Buffalo Bills getting blown out by the Indianapolis Colts. That allowed Cincinnati to move ahead of Buffalo in the playoff standings, according to ESPN’s NFL playoff picture.
As far as the teams currently ahead of the Bengals, they get to host the Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens over the next six weeks, so they’ll get plenty of chances to move further up the standings.
But first thing’s first. Beat Pittsburgh.