A midweek trip to Philadelphia should keep the Cincinnati Bengals from focusing on another Pennsylvania team for a few more days.
The Bengals (7-6) find themselves in a unique position where they're tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last playoff spot in the AFC, but a loss to the Eagles (4-9) Thursday night wouldn't ruin their chances.
''This decides if we go to the playoffs or not,'' quarterback Andy Dalton said. ''We still have to take it one at a time. We've got to get a win this Thursday, and then we'll focus on the last two.''
Well, the next one is far more crucial.
The Bengals visit the Steelers on Dec. 23 and finish at home against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens. Win or lose against the Eagles, the Bengals have to beat the Steelers to get in the playoffs unless Pittsburgh loses both of its other games - at Dallas this week and vs. Cleveland in Week 17.
''We want to finish these last three games 3-0 a...