Cincinnati Bengals

If The Playoffs Started Today: The Red Ryder BB Gun Edition

DaltonRyderEntering Week 10, three teams entered as unbeaten squads. Now, there are just two…the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

The Cincinnati Bengals, the most recent squad to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, were humbled on Monday night at home against the Houston Texans.

In the game’s aftermath, Houston’s JJ Watt made a Red Rifle/Red Ryder BB gun reference and it didn’t sit well with Andy Dalton.

Here’s the problem. Until Dalton actually beats Houston (his Bengals have lost two playoff games to the Texans), Watt is going to keep spitting that trash.

Cincy is still in the bye zone but have to travel to Arizona for Sunday Night Football this week.

AFC

#1 – New England Patriots  (AFC East champion, bye)

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

#3 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion)

#4 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)

#5  – Pittsburgh Steelers (Wild Card)

#6 –  Buffalo Bills (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 –  Carolina Panthers  (NFC South champion, bye)

#2 – Arizona Cardinals (NFC West champion, bye)

#3 – Minnesota Vikings (NFC North champion)

#4 – New York Giants (NFC East champion)

#5 – Green Bay Packers (Wild Card)

#6 – Atlanta Falcons (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

WILD CARD ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 4:30PM – #6 Buffalo Bills at #3 Denver Broncos (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9 @ 8:00PM – #5 Green Bay Packers at #4 New York Giants (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 1:00PM – #6 Atlanta Falcons at #3 Minnesota Vikings (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:30PM – #5 Pittsburgh Steelers at #4 Indianapolis Colts (FOX)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 @ 4:30PM – DEN/INDY/PIT at #2 Cincinnati (NBC)

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 1PM – NYG/GB/ATL at #1 Carolina (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 4:30PM – IND/PIT/BUF at #1 New England (CBS)

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