Who would have thought the week 11 matchup of the Bengals vs the Browns could be the determining game for the AFC North? Not me. What I do know is that this game is huge for both teams. A loss by the Browns, though mathematically would not preclude them from the division, would for all intents and purposes seal their fate in the division. I also believe a win Sunday by the Bengals clinches the division (technically) – and here is why.
A win would give the Bengals 7 wins going into the bye and facing a 5 game stretch run that should yield at least 3 wins (getting them to 10 wins) a loss by the Browns would give them 6 losses, requiring the Browns to go 6-0 just to finish the season tied with the Bengals (not happening). Further, I believe the Ravens will lose Sunday in Chicago, setting up the same scenario for the Ravens needing to go 6-0 (again, not happening). I loss by the Bengals however would leave the division up for grabs.
So, while the AFC North title will not be handed out today by the NFL, it is my belief that a win by the Bengals does seal the division.
With that being said, here is what to Look For….