Odds 'n' Odds Redux

‘Way back when (October), I took a look at the Bengals’ remaining schedule based on Vegas’ reading of the landscape. The road looked pretty rocky.

Bottom line: predictions that Cincinnati’s schedule would rank among the easier NFL roads were greatly exaggerated.

Yet here they are at 8-3 and, as the cliche goes, in control of their own destiny. How do their remaining five games shape up in Sin City’s eyes? Here’s the rundown:

Cincinnati Bengals
Team Odds to Win Super Bowl XLIV
Cincinnati Bengals 12/1

And the field…

Remaining Opponents
Team Odds to Win Super Bowl XLIV
Detroit Lions eliminated from contention
Minnesota Vikings 4/1
San Diego Chargers 10/1
Kansas City Chiefs eliminated from contention
New York Jets 300/1

Another bottom line: the last five won’t be easy. The Cincinnati Bengals face two teams with absolutely nothing to lose, two teams that are almost certainly playoff bound, and one team — the Jets — who could fall into either category by week 17. My gut? I hate the games against Detroit and Kansas City far more than those against the Chargers or Vikings. What’s the old saying? The best swordsman in the world doesn’t fear the second-best swordsman. He fears the worst swordsman, because he can’t predict what he’ll do.

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