Week in Review: Foreshadowed In Orange

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Oct 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by the Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers (91) and defensive tackle Devon Still (75) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

If the Bengals only manage to beat the Steelers, then they will back into the Play-Offs regardless as the sixth Wild Card.  But if Cincinnati can only manage to beat the Ravens, then in all likelihood, the Bengals and the Steelers will both finish 9-7 (assuming the Steelers close out the season with a win at Cleveland), which will give the final Wild Card spot to the Steelers based on wins-losses in the division.  Nonetheless, the Bengals will finish with a winning record…

…for the first time in back-to-back seasons since 1982!  If you want to define success for thisCincinnatifootball team, that’s it.  Back-to-back Play-Off runs, while amazing and what I’ve asked Santa for Christmas, is just icing on finishing 9-7 or better, which would be nothing short of monumental for this franchise at this juncture.  That said, losing both games would not only make us 0-8 against our divisional rivals over the course of two seasons, but also leaves our final record 8-8.  The Bengals have finished .500 six times since 1981 – the most common final record for the club since Mike Brown took ownership in that same year.

Perhaps it’s a bit harsh to say that if the Bengals lose out this season is a failure… but then again, maybe it isn’t.  Regardless, I’m not in the mood this year: Let’s Sweep Pennsylvania!!  WHO DEY!



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