7. Bengals Control their Destiny
There is a good chance that the Chiefs and Broncos end up with the two best records in the AFC. However, they can’t both receive first-round playoff byes. With Cincy already beating New England and a home matchup with Indianapolis in December, they could control their own fate. Imagine, the Bengals advancing to the second round without having to play a game.
Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) walks off the field after a game against the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
8. NO HOUSTON!
No matter what, the Bengals will not open the playoffs in a wildcard matchup versus the Texans. That has to be a good thing, right?