Bengals vs. Ravens Week 17 Division Championship Looming

Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his game winning field goal with punter Sam Koch (4) and tight end Ed Dickson (84) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Ravens won 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals are in quite a quandary entering Week 16, and they don’t have anyone but themselves to blame for it. A win Sunday night vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers would have them leading the New England Patriots for the No. 2 seed in the AFC and sitting comfortable in the AFC North race.

But instead, they came out flat, fell behind 21-0, and ultimately lost control of their destiny. While they can still win-out and claim their first division title since 2009, they actually need the Baltimore Ravens to beat the Patriots next week and Cincinnati beat the Minnesota Vikings to climb back into the lead for the No. 2 seed.

But if the Ravens win next week, that means the Week 17 matchup between them will be for the division title, and given the Ravens’ success in elimination games vs. the Bengals’ killer-instinct to win such games, do you really want to see Cincinnati playing in a do-or-die game in Week 17?

Oh, and the game will likely be flexed by NBC into the prime time slot, and the Bengals haven’t won a Sunday night game since 2004 vs. the Miami Dolphins.

 

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