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If The Playoffs Started Today: The Bengals Might Be Good Edition

I’m not sure what to make of a world where the Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 and the AFC’s number one seed at the moment.

It’s like 1988 all over again and we’re forced to watch Bengals fullback Ickey Woods bludgeon opposing defenses to perform a dance transported out of the 1940s.

The AFC picture remains unmoved from a week ago. Meanwhile, there is some movement along the NFC side.

Here is a rundown of what the playoffs would look like if they started today.

AFC

#1 – Cincinnati Bengals  (AFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion, bye)

#3 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion)

#4 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)

#5  – New York Jets (Wild Card)

#6 –  Buffalo Bills (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 –  Atlanta Falcons  (NFC South champion, bye)

#2 – Green Bay Packers (NFC North champion, bye)

#3 – Arizona Cardinals (NFC West champion)

#4 – New York Giants  (NFC East champion)

#5 – Carolina Panthers (Wild Card)

#6 – Minnesota Vikings (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:30PM – #6 Minnesota Vikings at #3 Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:00PM – #5 New York Jets at #4 Indianapolis Colts (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:00PM – #6 Buffalo Bills at #3 New England Patriots (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:30PM – #5 Carolina Panthers at #4 New York Giants  (FOX)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM – INDY/NYJ/BUF at #1 Cincinnati (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 8PM – ARI/NYG/CAR at #2 Green Bay (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 1PM – NYG/CAR/MIN at #1 Atlanta (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 4:30PM – NE/INDY/NYJ at #2 Denver (CBS)

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