Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals helmet sits on the field during warm up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Marcum and I recently staged an in-depth, honest discussion about our beliefs and expectations for the Bengals as we enter the last few weeks of the regular season. Check out what they had to say in the new installment of Stripe Hype Editor Debate.
To start this off, Bengals win the AFC North. Agree or disagree?
I believe that the Bengals will indeed win the AFC North. Now, that belief may or may not be at least partially influenced by the fact that if they don’t, in my mind, it will be a miniature version of the Braves late-season collapse in 2011. All year long, the division has been theirs for the taking, and with the AFC North crown on the line in the last two weeks, I have to believe they will step up at home to secure it.
What are your thoughts on the last two weeks?
I’m not feeling great about the Bengals’ chance right now. I think all of the injuries are finally beginning to take their toll on this team.
Now, Andrew Whitworth has a concussion and may not play Sunday. Speaking of which, Sunday looks like a tough game now. The Vikings are playing much better than their record indicates.They should have beaten the Ravens in Baltimore and of their past seven games, only one game (at Seattle Seahawks) has seen the Vikings lose more than four points.
In the end, I think this team has enough left in the tank to win Sunday, but I don’t see them winning Week 17. The Ravens are healthy and steadily improving while the Bengals are steadily declining.
The Patriots are the Bengals’ best friends this week.
Anyhow, if the Bengals do make it into the playoffs, will they win a home game against the likes of the Ravens, Miami Dolphins or Kansas City Chiefs?