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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson (89) flips over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) P.S. Still the greatest touchdown catch of the 2011 season.

Good morning Bengals Nation! It's time to rise and shine. It's Wednesday and you know what that means? It means we're halfway done with this week and everything else is downhill from here, in the good way that is, hopefully. Anyways, if for some reason you're having a bad day then grab yourself some coffee, maybe even some donuts and take a deep breath. Just think, it could be worse whatever it is you're dealing with.

Holy cow, how about them Bengals? Heading into the final week of the season they control their own destiny for the playoffs. It's quite simple, win and they're in. But if they lose, well they still stand a shot at making it to the playoffs, but in order for that to happen this scenario would have to happen.

Just imagine the Bengals making the playoffs. Now that would be quite a feat for them considering most analysts and people around the league pegged them to win maybe four games if they were lucky. And to our surprise the Bengals have easily exceeded most of our expectations. And they remain one win from making the playoffs or if they lose, then one very screwed up scenario that would enable them to continue playing football.

The final test is on Sunday when the Bengals host the rival Baltimore Ravens. And unfortunately for the Bengals the Ravens have been cruising of late winning five of their last six games with their only loss coming to the San Diego Chargers. We all know the Ravens have one of the league's best defenses, so it's going to be vital for the offense to step up their game and come through in the clutch. Also, let's hope the same officiating from their first match-up doesn't occur during this time around. Come on, we all know Jermaine Gresham's catch should have been a touchdown instead of being ruled an incomplete pass. If that call would have stood then the Bengals could have won that game in overtime. Regardless, the defense will also have to step up their performance. Last time the Ravens absolutely humiliated the Bengals defense and the Bengals cannot afford to have that happen again.

Alright, so regardless of what happens on Sunday, I want to give credit to the Bengals for playing some impressive football this season. It's given us fans a glimpse of hope for the future. Hopefully their success this season will be the first step towards sustained success for years to come. The Bengals have a solid foundation on both offense and defense which makes it very plausible for that to happen.

Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Tuesday.


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