Sunday, December 7, 2003

What would a Bengals win mean?

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Bengals and Ravens are tied atop the AFC North at 7-5. A Cincinnati victory would give it a one-game lead in the standings and the edge in the first tie-breaking formula - a 2-0 advantage in head-to-head competition.

A 2-1 record in the final three games - following a victory at Baltimore - would give the Bengals the division title even if the Ravens went 3-0 to finish in a 10-6 tie.

The Bengals enter the game with the edge in the second tiebreaker, too. They have a 3-1 record against division opponents, compared to 1-2 for the Ravens.

The third tiebreaker is record against common opponents: The Bengals are 5-4, the Ravens 6-3.

The last Bengals game with this much significance was Dec. 30, 1990. That's the day, at Riverfront Stadium, the Bengals beat the Browns 21-14 to finish 9-7 and clinch the AFC Central division title.

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