Rapid Reaction: Colts 35, Bengals 3

December, 7, 2008
12/07/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Mannings' love-fest for the AFC North continued Sunday.

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts completed a four-game sweep of the AFC North with Sunday's 35-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. In addition to younger brother Eli Manning, the first family of the NFL finished 7-1 against the division in 2008.

After playing competitive football for most of November, it is clear that Cincinnati (1-11-1) is ready to call it a season. The Bengals are on pace to have their worst year in franchise history. They need one more victory in the final three games to edge the 2002 team that finished 2-14.

But there is still hope for Cincinnati.

The Bengals have a tough game next week against the Washington Redskins. But the final two weeks the Bengals will have a better chance to pick up wins against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.

But then again, draft position and securing one of the top three picks for 2009 may be more beneficial to Cincinnati at this point.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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