Cincinnati Bengals' win bad news for Steelers, Jets

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 at 12:52 a.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals held serve with an ugly, 34-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. That's not good news for the playoff chances of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, but it's hardly devastating.

The winner of next week's Bengals-Steelers game in Pittsburgh will have the big edge for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. That was true before Thursday night, and this result doesn't change the playoff picture that much.

The Steelers' margin for error has decreased, though. If Pittsburgh loses this week against the Dallas Cowboys, the Bengals will have a chance to knock Pittsburgh out of the playoff mix next week.

We read from a few panicky Jets fans on Twitter on Thursday night that New York was now out of the playoff race. That's not true. They could still get in at 9-7 with some help from the Bengals and others. It's a long shot, but it's been a long shot ever since Darrelle Revis got hurt.

Statement Sunday can't get here soon enough.