Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Alex Smith (81) reacts after a call was reviewed for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Clinchmas! Okay, enough with the clichés, but what an exciting time for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals (9-4) are inching closer and closer to a playoff spot, and in the driver’s seat for Marvin Lewis’ third AFC North divisional title.
They could also climb into the 2nd seed in the playoffs if they finish with the same record as the New England Patriots who narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns, and improve to 10-3. Getting the number 2 seed in the playoffs is very important to the success of the Bengals in the playoffs, because they are just that much better at home.
The Bengals are undefeated at home this season, and if they finish out the season 8-0 at home, it will only be the second time in franchise history they have completed this feat and the first time at Paul Brown Stadium. The past 3 games at home have boasted a 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, a 41-20 win over the division rival Cleveland Browns and a 49-9 shellacking of the New York Jets.
Face it, the Bengals are better suited to play at home in the friendly confines of PBS. The jungle has helped the Bengals be victorious over Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Andrew Luck.
Many other teams, like Baltimore, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans, and New England have used the home field to their advantage, racking up win after win. This year, the league must turn their attention to the Jungle and take notice. Given the right scenario, the playoffs could run through PBS, and frankly, they need to.