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Bengals one win away from clinching a playoff spot

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals are now just one win away from reaching the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

After Sunday's beat down of the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals need just one win against either the Denver Broncos on Dec. 22, or at Pittsburgh against the Steelers Dec. 28.

If the Bengals win both of their final regular season games, they would be AFC North champs for the second year in a row. Winning the AFC North would ensure another playoff home game.

The path to the AFC North division crown becomes murkier if they Bengals were to drop a game. The Bengals would need to win one of their remaining two games, and both Baltimore and Pittsburgh would need lose to at least one.

Cincinnati cannot win the division if they lose both games remaining the schedule.

It is still possible for the Bengals to make the playoffs as a wild-card if they do drop the final two games. San Diego, Kansas City, and Buffalo would all have to lose one game. If Baltimore were to drop its final two games of the season then only two of the previous three teams listed (SD, KC and Buff) would have to lose one game.

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According to numberfire.com, the Bengals have a 79.6 percent chance to make the playoffs. A 33.8 percent chance to win the AFC North and a 45.8 percent to make the playoffs as a wild-card.

The Bengals look to lock up their playoff hopes Dec. 22 on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos.

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