The Bengals sit at 8-6 after their win over the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night. The Ravens have a 9-5 record after today’s loss. The problem with the tiebreakers in the division for Cincinnati is that the Ravens own all of them. The only way that the Bengals can actually win the division is for them to win their next two games.
The last being a game against their Baltimore rival.
They would also need the Ravens to lose their game next week against the New York Giants.
The Giants have lost two straight games against the Redskins and Falcons now, which doesn’t say much for the momentum they’ll be carrying into next weeks’ game against Baltimore. Both teams will be playing to keep their division titles alive, and it will likely come downs to mistakes.
That being said, both teams haven’t really been able to stay away from the slip-ups that have haunted their respective losing streaks. That will make for quite the game next week.
Cincinnati will certainly be rooting for the away team next week. If the Giants win, and the Bengals take care of business in Pittsburgh, then the match-up between the Bengals and Ravens in week 17 will have more implications to the playoffs than many thought possible just three weeks ago.
As in, AFC North division implications.