The key is to beat Denver, because it's altogether possible that they both will finish up 10-6 and if you have the head-to-head victory, you'll get in.
"Strickland Propane... Taste the meat, not the heat." - Hank Hill
The Bengals are a long shot at this point. The San Diego and Tampa games loom so large.
Winning at Denver or Indy are both long shots. There's nothing this team has shown me that says they can beat those teams. Shutting out Cleveland isn't that big of a deal. The Ravens are not an offensive juggernaut.
I'm not trying to be a negative nelly, but if this is where our hopes rest, then we are in trouble.
And Pittsburgh isn't going to be a cakewalk.
If Cutler struggles, the Bengals probably are the better overall team. When the offense is going well, there's not a team in the NFL that will hold the Bengals under 17 points. (The only thing that kept them under 20 against Baltimore was poor RZ execution.i.e. poor play at times) If the D can slow the run, which they've been doing for a while now, they will beat the Broncos with a struggling QB.
If Cutler is Big Ben vol. 2, they're in serious trouble.
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If the Broncos can't run the ball effectively, I pray he's Big Ben volume 2. Big Ben absent an extremely strong running game is not a good quarterback.
They were all against teams who gave up over 20 points a game to the entire league: Atlanta, New Orleans, Tennesee, Pittsburgh, and Cincy in game 1.Go look at the Ravens last five wins.
They've won with scores of 16, 15, and have lost with 3 and 7.
That's a third of their games where they've scored 16 points or less.
One of those teams they scored 16 on was Cleveland.
You are right: hats off to the Bengals "D"- for not allowing a pretty average offense to run over their average defense.
I'm liking their chances in Denver a little more as long as Cutler doesn't become Romo overnight. Denver only scores about 18 points a game, but then again, they haven't played the Bengals lol...
Wild Card Teams:
Jets 7-5 (Buffalo, @ Minnesota, @Miami, Oakland)
Cincy 7-5 (Oakland, @ Indy, @ Denver, Pittsburgh)
Jacksonville 7-5 (Indy, @ Tenn, New England, @ KC)
Denver 7-4 (up 13-7 at half vs Seattle, @ SD, @ Arizona, Cincy, San Fran)
Kansas City 7-5 (Baltimore, @ SD, @ Oakland, Jacksonville)
Lets hope Denver loses tonight. At San Diego will be tough. @ Arizona & vs San Fran should be wins, and hopefully we can beat them. That would be our best case scenario putting Denver at 9 wins. I think they will end up with 11 wins.
- Jacksonville has a pretty tough schedule which puts them out of it IMO.
- Kansas City also has a hard last few games minus Oakland which also puts them out w/ only 9 wins
- Jets have it pretty easy
- Cincy has two winnable games, but also two tough games. Pray for a win against Denver or Indy
I think Denver has a very good chance of making it. The only other team would be the Jets with their easy schedule, but I don't think they are that great of a team so hopefully they lose two of their last 4 games.
The Bengals have a reasonable chance of making it, although it is definitely a long shot.