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Bengals News (12/27): Dax Hill learning hard lessons

Dax Hill had big shoes to fill, and he has had a couple of stumbles trying to fill them.

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Cincinnati Bengals chances of making playoffs in 2023
The Cincinnati Bengals dropped four spots to the No. 10 position in the AFC standings, and NFL.com puts the team’s playoff odds at 23%; however, the New York Times’ playoff predictor gives the Bengals a 93% chance of making the playoffs if they win their last two games.

Quick Hits: Bengals Playing Playoff Percentages In Two-Game Season; Split-Seconds In The Post
The entire year has been a learning experience for the ultra-athletic, 4.3 speedy Hill, 2022's first-round pick. Right down to learning the fields, like Saturday's rain-slicked grass in Pittsburgh. Most of his 131 rookie snaps came as nickel cornerback, while this year, he has piled up a team-high 984 snaps as a starting safety.

Bengals hope for another big rebound after yet another loss to Steelers
“You can look back to how this room was, how the locker room the day after we lost to Pittsburgh the first time, and, there could have easily been a narrative that that this team’s gonna hang it up, and that’s not what happened,” Taylor said. “Instead, three games in a row we played really inspired football and found three wins and we got ourselves back in the hunt.”

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs picks, odds for NFL Week 17
Check out these NFL Week 17 picks and NFL Week 17 predictions for the game, which can be seen at 2:25 p.m. MST on CBS (stream with free trial from FUBO).

Bengals reveal risky jersey combo for Week 17 vs. Chiefs
Interestingly, though, the Bengals haven’t fared too well in this one lately. According to Pro Football Network’s Jay Morrison, the Bengals have lost four straight in that combo — three this year and during last year’s AFC title game against these same Chiefs.

Overreactions, reality checks for NFL Week 16: Mason Rudolph start for Steelers rest of year? Bengals done? - CBSSports.com
The Bengals sit at 8-7 with the Chiefs on the road and the Browns at home. Cincinnati is great outside the AFC North (8-2), but sit 0-5 in the division. This isn't ruling the Bengals out -- as they can win out -- yet the conference record tiebreaker will significantly affect their playoff chances.

Cincinnati Bengals Playoff Scenarios: Week 17 Scoreboard Watching, Rooting Guide
While things weren’t great in Pittsburgh on Saturday, most of the games with AFC playoff implications went the Bengals’ way on Sunday.

COMMENTARY: Fresh thinking could benefit both Bengals and Buckeyes
Not quitting after Joe Burrow went down with another season-ending injury is admirable. It proves the Bengals still have a lot to work with besides the franchise quarterback, which could provide peace of mind more valuable than getting to draft a few slots higher will.