Going into the bye week the 7-4 Cincinnati Bengals found themselves atop the AFC North. This would be a good time to relax, right? Hardly. After beating the division rival Cleveland Browns by 3 touchdowns, the Bengals are brimming with confidence coming out of the bye week, but close behind them in the division are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, both sitting at 5-6.
The Ravens and Steelers play each other on Thanksgiving Night, and the winner of that game will be a game-and-a-half behind the Bengals in the AFC North. If the Bengals lose on Sunday at San Diego, the Bengals will fall to 7-5 and a 1 game lead in the division.
However, on the flip side, the Bengals are the healthiest they have been in weeks and the Chargers defense ranks nearly last in the league in every category, and Andy Dalton should bounce back from a rocky couple of games before the bye week, and throw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, much like against the Detroit Lions. The Bengals defense will be tested by Philip Rivers and the high flying San Diego Charger offense, featuring Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead.