The Bengals have now put together back-to-back weeks with 2 huge victories after back-to-back crushing defeats…and that is a good thing and a sign of growth. Sunday was one of, if not the best Bengals wins of the year. They beat a good team convincingly, and beyond a short mind lapse in tackling, looked pretty good in all 3 facets of the game.
Here’s the Week 14 Good, Bad and Ugly…
Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (98) celebrates a touchdown that was awarded after a reviewed play during the second quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals needed this game. Pretty or not, they needed a win. For the first time since the Jets game, the Bengals won convincingly, and for the second time in 2 weeks, they won a very important game. The difference between the 3 seed and the 4 seed is huge this year.
The 3 seed is likely to play a Kansas City team that may have a better record and come in as a favorite, while the 4 seed will play a 6 seed that in most years wouldn’t make the playoffs. The other benefit of the 3 seed is that your second game would be against a very beatable New England team in Foxboro while the 4 or 5 seed would be going to Denver.
A loss would have all but secured the 4 seed, but the win all but secured at least the 3 seed and still gives the Bengals a decent shot at the 2 seed.