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Old 11-17-2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default Bengals aren't division champs yet

Bengals aren't division champs yet
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By Bob Smizik | Tuesday, 12:30 a.m.

It was somewhat jarring in the aftermath of the Steelers loss Sunday to hear free safety Ryan Clark concede the division title to the Cincinnati Bengals.

That’s taking good sportsmanship a step or two or three too far. Clark was being gracious to a fault.

The Bengals have what amounts to a two-game lead over the Steelers with seven games remaining. That puts them in a good situation but not yet a championship situation.

The Bengals, as the Steelers have discovered, are a good team. But they’re not a great one. They are capable of losing two games the remainder of the way, perhaps even three.

The question is: Are the Steelers capable of mounting the near-perfect finish it will take to catch the Bengals?

Cincinnati’s next three games are against Oakland, Cleveland and Detroit, teams with a combined 4-23 record. If they win all three, and they should, they’ll be 10-2 and riding a torrent of momentum.

But then comes games at Minnesota and San Diego, team with a combined 14-3 record. They follow that with a home game against Kansas City (2-7) and on the road against the New York Jets (4-5).

It would not be astonishing for the Bengals to lose at Minnesota and San Diego. Nor will the Jets, if they’re still in the playoff hunt, be an easy opponent.

This could provide the Steelers with the opening they need. But they are going to have to play better to finish in a manner that will enable them to catch Cincinnati.

That’s not to say they haven’t been playing well. They have. They had three consecutive games against team that had lost a combined three games -- Minnesota, Denver and Cincinnati -- and they won two of them. But their offense, the expected strength of the team, has been in decline.

Any offense is going to have difficulties against the top-of-the line teams the Steelers have been playing, but their failure to score a touchdown against the Bengals was alarming and a continuation of some poor play.

The Steelers have scored only four offensive touchdowns in their past three games. And one of those came against Denver following an interception by Troy Polamalu that gave them the ball on the Broncos’ 25.

The Steelers have a chance to get better in their upcoming games and put some heat on Cincinnati. They play at Kansas City Sunday then have games against Baltimore (5-4), Oakland (2-7) and Cleveland (1-8). The Ravens have been a fierce and worthy rival of the Steelers for most of this decade. But after a strong start this season they look to be a team in decline. Their sluggish performance in a win over Cleveland last night does not change that perception.

The Steelers finish at home against Green Bay and Baltimore and on the road at Miami.

They have the capability of finishing strong -- if they start to play better on offense.

The Bengals, of course, have to cooperate, but stranger things have been known to happen.

The Bengals are in charge in the AFC North, but they’re not yet champions of it.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:04 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bengals aren't division champs yet

We should no longer concern ourselves with what the bungals do!

The team needs to focus on what they do. Right now they are in the driver's seat for the playoffs and that needs to be the focus. I'll worry about the AFCN after the bungals, bungal the second half of the season - until then, we've got to go one game at a time.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bengals aren't division champs yet

Steelers win out their remaining games, they will at least be in the playoffs as WC.
And could still possibly win the division. I truly believe this.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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I don't care if we win the division. I just want to get into the playoffs. In today's NFL, that is what matters.
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We should no longer concern ourselves with what the bungals do!

The team needs to focus on what they do.
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Default Re: Bengals aren't division champs yet

This could end up like Bltimore / Pittsburgh of 2008. Steelers do great with that pressure. We definitely need Bengals to stumble a little bit. I hope that RyanClarks comments don't reflect the attitude in the locker room.
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Default Re: Bengals aren't division champs yet

Eff the Bengals. The Steelers need to focus on winning the rest of their games on the schedule. We need to do that to guarantee a spot in the playoffs.

The division isn't won yet, but we're behind the 8-ball now. Things that we cannot control with decide the division. All we can control is what we do on the field, and if we win the next seven games of this football season we are in the playoffs. We've won the Super Bowl as the sixth seed, we don't need no stinking home games to do it again.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #8
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We are done playing the Bungles. The Steelers need to focus on the final 7 games. Once the playoffs come........anything is possible
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No way in hell the Steelers don't win the division and probably get at least a #2 seed if they win out. 13-3. Bengals still have to prove they can play like they have for 16 games. And until they do, thats the way it goes....
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Default Re: Bengals aren't division champs yet

I think that the Bengals will end up being this year's version of the 2008 Tennessee Titans. A team that started out really strong and capitalized on a few bad games by the usual division leader, due mostly to player health issues.

By the end of the season, the Bengals WILL lose a few more games and will choke in the playoffs. The Steelers will make the playoffs, one way or the other, and WON'T choke, at least not in the first round.

This time next year? Same old Bungles. I guarantee it.
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