Re: 2012-2013 Bengals Discussion
I'll assume (and I could be wrong) that since they didn't play and are not in the same division, the 1st tie breaker will be record vs AFC teams. The colts have lost 3 games vs AFC teams, and have only AFC teams left. The Bengals have 5 losses vs AFC teams, w 2 AFC games left.
I think we'd agree that the Bengals can afford 1 more loss at the most if they hope to win the WC. Lets say the lose is in the next 2 weeks (vs NFC team), that would mean the Colts would have to lose 2 more games in order to go to the next tie breaker (not sure what that is).
the steelers have 5 AFC losses as well and 3 AFC games left. If the Bengals win @ pittsburgh, they would then own the next tie breaker assuming they knock off baltimore at home (who may have nothing to play for at that point).
Assuming neither the Colts nor the Steelers spit the bit over the last 4, it would appear that they Bengals route to the playoffs will need a win in Pittsburgh as well as 2 more wins at a minimum.
The win yesterday was great, but the unexpected Steeler win, plus (presumably) getting toothlessraper back this weekend, plus the Colts last second win significantly limited the Bengals chances at a playoff spot even should they losse in Pittsburgh. At the height of the 4 game lossing streak, I was resigned to being dissapointed and questioning if Dalton was the long term answer or the long term stumbling block. Now, as long as they don't spit the bit over these last 4, and assuming they both take care of their own and have another solid draft this offseason, I think the long term is looking as strong as I can remember.
Again, assuming they can take care of their own, they have steady QB play at worst, a potentially great WR core, great depth across the offensive line, an outstanding defensive line and lots of depth at corner, perhaps even stellar play at corner depending on how Leon Hall continues to recover and what Dre gives him at Corner moving forward. They need to add a RB w/ game breaking ability, definently need to improve the depth and quality at lineback and safety.