Bengals AFC North bold predictions: Three teams in the playoffs
The football world is set to experience expanded playoffs in 2020, opening the possibility of seeing some scenarios we haven’t often in the past. With 7 teams now representing each conference, could the AFC North have three postseason representatives?
It’d be a narrow line to walk, but the division did it under the old playoff format back in 2011. The Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers all made it to January. If they can do it then, it’s certainly possible now.
Of course, the divisional winner will hold one spot, nothing changes there. There are now three wild card spots now though and the division has strong candidates to fall in the win range required to secure two of those slots.
It would require the divisional games to be fairly evenly split between each the Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, and Browns. Then, each of the four teams would have to beat up on the AFC West, AFC South, and NFC East, the other three divisions the AFC North is set to face in the upcoming season.
If this prediction were to come true, it could set up a rematch of the 2015 Bengals-Steelers playoff game that ended in heartbreak for Cincinnati. It would serve as Joe Burrow’s first opportunity to truly build the lore around his career in the Queen City and in the event of a victory, give fans the sweetest end to the playoff drought imaginable.