Monday Night: Playoff Implications?

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (right) makes a touchdown catch over Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (left) and Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (center) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

So in hindsight, if the Bengals would have had a little more focus in that game, the A.J. Green dropped pass / interception would not have happened, and the Sanu fumble may not have happened. Remember the Bengals were up 21-10 in the third quarter. My prediction for MNF this week, if the Bengals can maintain focus, (I can’t believe I am saying this) the Bengals should finally have some fun with the Steelers.

So why this early does this have a playoff implication? Well, all the other teams in the AFCN lost to an AFC  team. All of those teams could serve as tie-breakers down the road. The Bengals lost to an NFC team. This does not hurt them as much considering the NFC tie-breakers are for extreme situations. Now since everyone is 0-1 a win this week would guarantee a one game lead over Pittsburgh (who would turn to 0-2) and a division lead for tie-breaker (at the moment, we play them twice).

This game could do so much damage in the division it is not even funny.  If the Bengals win this week, like I think they will, this season turns around on a dime.



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