A ragged win on the West Coast has given the Bengals a sense that everything is coming together with the playoffs on the line.
A 20-13 win in San Diego on Sunday gave Cincinnati (7-5) a four-game winning streak and kept the Bengals in the middle of the playoff chase. They remained tied with Pittsburgh for the second AFC wild card, although the Steelers currently hold the tiebreaker because they won in Cincinnati this season.
The Bengals play at home against Dallas (6-6) and at Philadelphia (3-9), which is tied for worst record in the NFC. Then, the Bengals finish with two games that will likely decide the AFC North and the wild cards — in Pittsburgh, at home against Baltimore (9-3).