Fresh-off of their big win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals are now two games ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Not only does Cincinnati host the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 17, but three of their final four games will be played in the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium.
That means it is very likely each of those three games will be sellouts, and we will have gone an entire year without a Bengals home game being blacked-out.
Today, the team announced that Sunday’s game against the AFC East-leading Indianapolis Colts is sold-out:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 3, 2013
Sunday’s game could decide who ultimately gets a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. Both teams sit atop their respective division at 8-4, while the 9-3 New England Patriots currently hold the AFC’s No. 2 seed, meaning they would get a first-round bye over the Colts and Bengals.
But a win Sunday vs Indy combined with a New England loss to the Cleveland Browns (don’t hold your breath on that happening), Cincinnati would take control of the No. seed by virtue of their Week 5 victory at home vs. the Pats.
Needless to say, the Bengals will need a rocking PBS crowd on Sunday to help them get a crucial victory.
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