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OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Domata Peko #94 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs off the field against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Defensive lineman Domata Peko was chatting with Bengals teammates in the trainers' room on Monday when someone pointed out a stunning fact. At the season's halfway point, Cincinnati is tied for best record in the American Conference. Peko knows it sounds crazy, but the Bengals (6-2) have set themselves up for a playoff run in the second half. Yes, they're talking playoffs in Cincinnati, which has been there only twice in the last 20 years. The next four games will tell a lot. The Bengals play Baltimore (6-2) and two games against Pittsburgh (6-3) in the next four weeks as the AFC North race gets very interesting.
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