Looking even further ahead,the Bengals come home on 11/17/13 and play host to the Cleveland Browns who have already beaten the Bengals once this season in Cleveland. Home field has been very friendly for the Cincinnati Bengals,posting a perfect 4-0 record at the friendly confides of Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals should play the Browns much differently this time and although the Browns defense gives the Bengals fits,home field should be enough of an advantage to eek out a win.
More importantly,the Bengals would go into the bye week at 8-3 and an absolute stranglehold on the AFC North. Everything but playoff placement would just about be wrapped up at this point and the Bengals should enjoy playing a little more loosely and let everyone get some rest for the rest of the season. What a difference a couple of weeks could really make for this team. There are a lot of ifs in this scenario and the Bengals will certainly have to play much better than they did against Miami in order to make this happen.
It is very possible they take an 8-3 record into the bye week,but just as easily a 6-5 record and struggling to make the playoffs. They control their own destiny and hopefully will not disappoint