Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) scores a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
This offense ranks in the top-5 in nearly every scoring category. This is a tall order for any team, especially one with injuries that plays markedly different on the road than at the confines of PBS. In six road games, the Bengals defense has allowed 1949 total yards, versus 1495 yards at Paul Brown Stadium.
But the Bengals keeping things in perspective and taking the “one game at a time” approach as they hit the final stretch of their season:
"“I think we’re in a good spot. We just have to take care of business,” defensive Tackle Domata Peko said Monday”. “Don’t worry about other teams. Let’s just worry about ourselves. If we start thinking about other teams we’ll lose focus on what we have to do. Keep winning and we’ll be in the perfect situation. We have to make sure we handle our business in San Diego. Another big game in the AFC for us because they’re still in it.”"
The Bengals are now in a fight until the end of the season. Every game is important and could decide potential playoff positioning, or even the division title. As December wears on into January, the Bengals are poised to be a tough out in the playoffs. They have a defense that travels well and enough weapons on offense to get the job done.
With that said, 11-5 or 10-6 should be enough to win the AFC North and host a home playoff game. At home, the Bengals are seemingly unstoppable which bodes well for them in January. Also, this could be only their 10th double-digit win season in franchise history, two of which would belong to Andy Dalton. Lots will be riding on Dalton, and these next five weeks could determine his future as a Cincinnati Bengal.