While it is early, there have already been several common games played between the Ravens and Bengals, and with these two looking the most likely to be in the running for the division for the remainder of the year, these could end up deciding who’s hosting a playoff game, and who’s either hitting the road or missing the playoffs entirely.
It was just last year that the Bengals and Ravens finished with 10-6 records, but the Ravens’ 4-2 division record was superior to the Bengals’ 3-3 record. However, had both teams has equal division records, the next method of breaking the tie and deciding who won the division would have been the best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
The biggest example of this helping Cincinnati was the Ravens losing at home to the Packers, whom the Bengals defeated in Week 3, so that gives them one common opponent victory.
The Bengals scored another common opponent victory by beating the Bills, who defeated the Ravens in Week 4.