Cincinnati Bengals in Rare Playoff Spot Entering Week 16

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Credit for this photo goes to Porter Binks, USA TODAY

“Just win baby!” 

As the late, great Al Davis once said, the Cincinnati Bengals need to adopt the motto of “just win” from here on out. No more worrying about what seed they’ll get or who their first-round opponent may be. Just win your next two games, and you’ll be AFC North champions.

Just win your first-round playoff game, and you’ll win your first postseason game in over two decades.

After Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals can no longer control their own destiny regarding the No. 2, or even No. 1 seed for that matter in the AFC.

They sit two games behind the Denver Broncos for the No. 1 seed, one game behind the New England Patriots for the No. 2 seed, and lead the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins by one game for the AFC North and the No. 6 seed alike.

Yes, believe it or not, the Bengals could theoretically be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and just as easily be left out of the postseason altogether. Rarely can that be said for an NFL team in Week 16.

But if this season has taught us anything, it’s that these Bengals are as unpredictable and hard to get a feel on going into each game as any of the 32 NFL teams.