Sunday early game Update: Cincinnati fell 21-16 to Cleveland on Sunday and that officially took the No. 2 seed off the board for them. The Bengals could still lock in the No. 3 seed with losses by both the Bills and Patriots this afternoon. If that doesn’t happen, then they’ll host one of those teams in the wild card round next weekend as the No. 4 seed.
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio in Week 18. The Bengals will play without multiple key starters, including QB Joe Burrow, who is going to rest up for the postseason. As a result, the Browns are favored by 6 points on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Bengals playoff picture
The Bengals are 10-6 and are in third place in the AFC standings heading into the playoffs. Since Cincinnati has already opted to rest players, the Bengals may be sacrificing a shot at the 1-seed. If the Bengals pull off the win and the Chiefs and Titans both lose, Cincinnati would secure the top seed. It’s farfetched and unlikely but a possibility. That makes Week 18 pretty insignificant for the Bengals overall. It appears likely the Bengals will face either the Colts or Patriots in the first round.