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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Chat Rewind: Bengals' playoff chances

By Jamison Hensley

Here are some highlights from today's AFC North chat:

Greg (Northern Kentucky) [via mobile]: How many wins do you think it will take to get a playoff spot in the AFC?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Ten wins will guarantee you at least a wild-card spot. Nine wins will get you in the picture, but you will have to sweat out some tiebreakers. I think it will come down to a couple of 9-7 teams for that final WC spot in the AFC this year.

Adrian I. (Baltimore): It seems you get accused of being a homer 150 times per week (mostly by Steelers fans). Does it bother you to some degree? In my opinion, you seem to be more of a Steelers homer, not a Ravens fan.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It would bother me if fans stopped reading. The "homer" label makes me laugh. I write my opinions on the news/issues of the day. Sometimes it will favor one team more than another. My guess is you will find as many pro-Steelers blogs as pro-Ravens ones. Before I got in the business, I never really spent much time wondering if the writer was biased toward a team.

Michael Spivey (Beaumont Texas): I've noticed sometimes Pittsburgh offense struggles moving the ball consistantly, but it's always effective when they use the TE Heath Miller, but why is Heath only mainly used in the first quarter and then he is fogotten about the rest of the game?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I did a quick search and Miller's catches are pretty equal throughout the game. Here's the breakdown: first quarter (11 catches), second quarter (13 catches), third quarter (10 catches) and fourth quarter (9 catches).

Brandon (Cape Cod, MA): What are the Bengals' chances on making into the playoffs this year?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): With a 2-5 record in the AFC (which is major tiebreaker), the Bengals have to find a way to get to 10 wins. With a 4-5 overall record now, the Bengals need to go 6-1 the rest of the way.

chuck (Turtle Creek Pa): HI JH, Who would you say are the most impressive rookie for each AFC North team at this particular moment?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Bengals: Zeitler. Browns: Trent Richardson. Ravens: Upshaw narrowly over Osemele. Steelers: Mike Adams.

Ravenous128 (Columbia, MD): Jamison -- regarding the Ravens offensive line; have the coaches settled on anyone in particular at LG? I thought Jah Reid played reasonably well there, and wouldn't mind seeing him get an extended opportunity.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The way Reid played there last Sunday, I would be surprised if he didn't get the starting nod. Bobbie Williams was a veteran stopgap and Harewood is overmatched at that spot. Reid would've been the man there all along if he was healthy coming out of camp.

Tim B (Columbus) [via mobile]: JH, appreciate the hard work. Can the Bengals use this last win to jumpstart a run to the playoffs? The remaining games are win-able and the Giants game was the most complete game they've had this year.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It's going to be hard for the Bengals to make the playoffs because, as I wrote earlier, they have a 2-5 record in the AFC. The next five games are winnable. But they still need to get one win out of their last two games: at Pittsburgh and home against Baltimore. That could determine their fate.