The Cincinnati Bengals can’t win the AFC North in Week 13, but thanks to their 37-3 Sunday win over the Cleveland Browns, they can clinch a playoff spot by the end of the night.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 14 of 19 passes for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Browns and running back Jeremy Hill added 98 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the win. Dalton’s two scoring throws went to wide receivers A.J. Green and Marvin Jones and the Bengals quarterback also scored on a 3-yard run early in the game.
The Browns started Austin Davis at quarterback against the Bengals and while he completed 65.8% of his pass attempts in the game, he could only lead his offense to one field goal. Davis was also sacked three times during the game and threw an interception.
The Bengals are now 10-2 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the division they will clinch a playoff spot on Sunday if either of the two scenarios listed below take place. They can clinch the AFC North next Sunday by beating or tying the Pittsburgh Steelers at home.
Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:
- CIN win + HOU loss or tie + IND loss or tie + NYJ loss as long as IND and HOU both don’t tie OR
- CIN win + HOU loss or tie + IND loss or tie + DEN win or tie + KC loss as long as IND and HOU both don’t tie