Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) is met by his teammates after running in a touchdown during the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals clinch AFC playoff berth, move closer to division title


The Cincinnati Bengals steamrolled the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in a game that might end up costing Vikings coach Leslie Frazier his job at the end of the year. But the Bengals are more concerned with knocking teams out of the playoffs than they are head coaches out of their jobs, and thanks to the win and a loss by the Miami Dolphins, the playoff berth is all Cincinnati’s.

For the third consecutive year, the Bengals have punched their ticket to the postseason and it’s something that a lot of fans are taking pride in. There has been bitter disappointment in the postseason the last two years, but the Bengals are back and ready to try things yet again. All three years have been under the watch of Andy Dalton and the Bengals have collected their tenth win of the season for the second straight year.

Cincinnati is now looking ahead to this afternoon’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots as the game is dripping with playoff implications for the Bengals. If the Ravens lose this afternoon, then the Bengals will win the AFC North and remain in the hunt for a first round bye. Where the problem comes in is the Bengals also need the Patriots to lose and fall back a game, which means the Ravens would have to win.

One or the other will happen this afternoon and thanks the the insane offensive day for the Bengals against the lowly Vikings, they’re in a great position to kick up their feet and let the chips fall where they may.

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