Bengals Lead AFC North by 3 Games

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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals did almost everything right on Sunday. Covered up mistakes with great defense play and offensive play. Everything was just going the Bengals way during the game. Well it also went their way after the game as well, when the Seattle Seahawks put away the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to win 39-30.

What does that mean? The Bengals will hold a three game lead going into Week 13. If they can defeat the Browns next week, they will hold at least a three game lead with four games to play. The Bengals final five games look like the following:

Week 13: @ Browns
Week 14: vs. Steelers
Week 15: @ 49ers
Week 16: @Broncos
Week 17: vs. Ravens

Week 16 will be the game to watch if they can continue to match the Broncos wins or even gain a lead for the second playoff bye. The Broncos and Bengals had the same record coming into week 12 and the Bengals have done their job this week but like every standings race, their is another part to the story.

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The Broncos are facing the Patriots in week 12 and are down early at this moment. They will need to be at their best if they expect to keep up with the Bengals this week. They are however missing Peyton Manning for the second week and their defense is facing it’s toughest test.

If the Bengals can win their next three games and if they can take a one game lead, barring a comeback on Sunday night by the Broncos. They could lock up the first round bye in week 16, even if they lose one game in the next three and beat the Broncos, they could win the head to head tie breaker.

Update: Denver Broncos Win in Overtime Against The New England Patriots 30-24

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