Who Are the Bengals Playing in the Playoffs?

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UPDATE: With the Bengals’ win Sunday (coupled with a Patriots loss and Broncos win), they are the No. 3 seed in the AFC and will host the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend in the wild-card round. They will play Saturday, January 9 at 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS.


There’s only one week left in the regular season, but there are still a handful of different potential postseason paths for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Marvin Lewis’ squad could still get a first-round bye, which, with Andy Dalton still recovering from his broken thumb, may be more helpful for Cincy than any other team in the league. But it’s more likely the AFC North champs get a No. 3 seed, meaning they would have to play in the wild-card round next week.

The Bengals’ Week 17 matchup against the Ravens (1 p.m. ET), as well as the Jets vs. Bills (1 p.m. ET), Raiders vs. Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET) and Chargers vs. Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET) games will all potentially help determine their playoff outlook, so we won’t know their seed and opponent until about 7:30 p.m. ET.

Until then, here’s a look at all the potential scenarios:


Bengals Win, Broncos Lose

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The Bengals would vault up to the No. 2 seed, giving them the highly sought-after first-round bye in the postseason.

Note: Even if the Bengals win and both the Patriots and Broncos lose, Cincinnati would still have the No. 2 seed, as it would lose the “common opponent” tiebreaker to New England for the top spot in the AFC.


Broncos Win, Chiefs Win, Jets Win

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Win or lose, the Bengals would have the No. 3 seed and would host the New York Jets on either Saturday, January 9 or Sunday, January 10. The Steelers would be eliminated even with a win in this scenario.


Broncos Win, Chiefs Lose, Jets Win

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Win or lose, the Bengals would have the No. 3 seed and would host the Kansas City Chiefs on either Saturday, January 9 or Sunday, January 10. The Bengals beat the Chiefs, 36-21, at home back in September. The Steelers would be eliminated even with a win in this scenario.


Broncos Win, Jets Lose, Steelers Win

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Win or lose, the Bengals would have the No. 3 seed and would host the Pittsburgh Steelers on either Saturday, January 9 or Sunday, January 10. There is a little bit of history there. In this scenario, the Chiefs’ outcome doesn’t change anything.


Broncos Win, Jets Lose, Steelers Lose

Win or lose, the Bengals would have the No. 3 seed and would host the New York Jets on either Saturday, January 9 or Sunday, January 10. Again, a win or loss for the Chiefs doesn’t change anything here.


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