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NFL playoff picture: What does Ravens-Bengals mean for AFC standings

The Ravens face the Bengals in Cincinatti on Sunday, January 8. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

A general view of signage during a preseason game between the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on August 12, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Results update: The Bengals beat the Ravens after Baltimore benched some of their starters. Cincinnati locked in the No. 3 seed after the Bills also won and Baltimore locked themselves into the No. 6 seed in losing. The Bengals and Ravens will meet a week from now in the Wild Card round.

The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals square off on Sunday to close out Week 18 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and the Bengals are a 9.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Ravens are expected to sit running back JK Dobbins to rest him for the playoffs.

Ravens playoff picture

The Ravens are currently in the No. 6 position, but could climb to No. 5 with a win and a Chargers loss to the Broncos. Notably, if the Ravens beat the Bengals and they meet next weekend in the Wild Card round, home-field advantage would be be determined by a coin flip due to the Bengals-Bills cancellation. That result would require a Chargers win over the Broncos.

Bengals playoff picture

The Bengals are currently the No. 3 seed in the AFC standings. If they lose or the Bills win, they would be the No. 3 seed. If they win and the Bills lose, they would be tied and it would come down to the strength of victory tiebreaker, which Cincinnati currently leads.

Tiebreaker implications

A Bengals win and a Bills loss would even up the conference record and common games tiebreakers.