Pro Football Talk also has the Bengals at No. 8 behind the Indianapolis Colts and ahead of the San Francisco 49ers:
7. Colts (7-3; No. 6): Andrew Luck is starting to realize that, in order to be Peyton Manning, Luck needs to start acting like Peyton Manning.
8. Bengals (7-4; No. 10): An unprecedented third straight trip to the playoffs is within reach. Now, can they win a playoff game for the first time since January 1991?
9. 49ers (6-4; No. 7): The good news, if there is any, is that the 49ers played the Saints close in the Superdome even though Colin Kaepernick was once again mediocre.
The consensus amongst most NFL minds is that the Colts and the Bengals are right next to each other in terms of overall talent and their ability make the playoffs, but probably win no more than one game there. Regardless, their Week 14 showdown in Cincinnati could be pivotal in playoff seeding, especially with the New England Patriots having lost Monday, and they now hold the AFC No. 2 seed and first-round bye by just half a game over the Colts and Bengals.