But just as quickly as Bengals lost control of AFC North, they can re-take control of it this week. A win over the Browns would give the Bengals a 2.5 game lead over their in-state rivals, and with the Ravens hitting the road to play the Chicago Bears, they very-well could lose also and ultimately leave the Bengals with a 2.5 game lead overall in the division heading into their bye week.
“It was a division game, an AFC game,” BenJarvus Green-Ellis said. “Obviously we wanted to win, but we didn’t get the win. It was a hard-fought game. They came through in the end. We just have to go back to the drawing board, work hard and get ready for Cleveland.”
“All division games are important,” Reggie Nelson said. “We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and go out Monday and see what we messed up on and keep on playing.”