Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Bengals' playoff scenario: Win and you're in
By Jamison Hensley
The Jets' mistake-filled loss on Monday night did more than knock out New York from the playoff hunt for the second straight season. It created a straightforward playoff scenario for the Bengals: Win and you're in.
The Bengals (8-6) can clinch a spot in the postseason by defeating the Steelers (7-7) at Heinz Field on Sunday. It would mark the first time since 1981-82 that Cincinnati would go to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
Cincinnati still has a shot at winning the AFC North title. The Bengals would need to win their last two games and the Ravens to lose their last two. The teams play each other in Cincinnati in the regular-season finale.
The Bengals currently hold a one-game lead over Pittsburgh for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. If the season ended today, the Bengals would play at the Patriots in the first round and the Ravens would face the Colts in Baltimore.