Found December 22, 2012 on
Football Extra Points:
For the Bengals it's very simple, win and you're in.
Now that we're in the last two weeks of the season, the playoff scenarios are starting to come into focus.
Here's a look at the scenarios and my predictions:
AFC - Playoff Scenarios
HOUSTON TEXANS - Playing Minnesota
Houston can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) HOU win or tie OR - I expect Houston to win this game, they should lock-up Sunday.
2) NE loss or tie OR - Playing Jacksonville this week, Patriots won't lose
3) DEN loss - Playing Cleveland, Broncos win.
Houston can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:
1) HOU win OR - Again, I expect Houston to win this game.
2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR - Ties are rare and Denver isn't going to lose in Cleveland
3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss - Not likely that either team will lose this week.
Houston - The bottom line here is that Houston is going to lock-up home field throughout the p...
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The Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) have reached the playoffs for the second straight season, and Pittsburgh will be packing their bags after next week until next season in what has been a disappointing year for Mike Tomlin’s Steelers.
Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with only 4 seconds left to hand the Steelers their eight loss of the season.
Brown missed a 56-yarder earlier...
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The Bengals took a big step Sunday, clinching an AFC wild card spot for the second straight year with a 13-10 victory in Heinz Field. A late field goal by Josh Brown...
Marvin Lewis raised his hand, wiped his brow and let out a ''whoo.''
There used to be a time when the Cincinnati Bengals coach would make a bad decision and his team would lose.
Only that doesn't happen anymore. Not with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green changing the Bengals' woeful history one gut-check victory at a time.
The second-year quarterback and wide...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A.J. Green doesn't really care about the Cincinnati Bengals' woeful past. The wide receiver wasn't part of it and hasn't really taken the time to study it.
The Bengals were bad. End of story.
And now they're good. Beginning of story.
Andy Dalton hit Green for a 21-yard pass in the final minutes to set up Josh Brown's 43-yard field goal...
How many times had you heard it? “The Bengals haven’t gone to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since ’81-’82.” Too many times to count, right?
Well, we can check that one off of the list.
This week, the Bengals gave us the most delicious of early Christmas gifts. They didn’t just beat the Steelers for the first time in the Dalton era. They punched their ticket to...
The Cincinnati Bengals have acquired wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher on waivers from the Chicago Bears and placed first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve.
Sanzenbacher was released this week by the Bears and was picked up Tuesday by the Bengals. He played in five games with one catch for 7 yards this season.
Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall selection in the 2012...
The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 30 years and that should be the main story. And it is. But just barely.
It’s simply hard to get over the mind-blowing decisions of head coach Marvin Lewis during the Bengals’ 13-10 win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday which allowed Cincinnati to clinch a wildcard berth at 9-6...
The Bengals haven't been a model of consistency these last 30 years, but things are changing with a young franchise quarterback and stud receiver.
Per PFT, here are today’s inactives for today’s titanic playoff clash at Heinz Field:
Bengals: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, K Mike Nugent, RB Daniel Herron, TERichard Quinn, S George Iloka, DT Brandon Thompson, DT Devon Still
Steelers: CB Ike Taylor, QB Byron Leftwich, CB Justin King, LB Adrian Robinson, DE Al Woods, OT Mike Adams, WR Plaxico Burress.
The Bengals are going...
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a playoff berth directly into the Cincinnati Bengals' hands Sunday. Reggie Nelson's last-minute interception of a Roethlisberger pass set up Josh Brown's 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining as the Bengals edged the Steelers 13-10 at Heinz Field and clinched a spot in the playoffs. However...