NFL playoff picture: Cincinnati Bengals among 8-4 teams in the hunt for AFC spots
The Cincinnati Bengals moved back into a tie with the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North lead Sunday with their 27-24 win against Kansas City after Baltimore rallied earlier past the Denver Broncos for a 10-9 win .
The Chiefs' loss makes the Buffalo Bills the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
The Ravens do own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Bengals because of their 19-17 win in Baltimore earlier this season, meaning Cincinnati would be one of three AFC Wild Card teams if the season ended now. The two teams are scheduled to meet again in Cincinnati in the final game of the regular season.
The Bengals are among three 8-4 teams in the hunt for seven available AFC playoff spots. As of now, No. 5 seed Cincinnati would face the fourth-seeded Titans (7-5, and in first place in the AFC South) - in Nashville again.
The Bills lead the AFC East at 9-3. The Miami Dolphins are 8-4, and the New York Jets are 7-5. The Dolphins and Jets would earn Wild Cards along with the Bengals if the season ended today.
The 9-3 Chiefs remain in first place in the AFC West.
Only the first-round seed in each conference gets a first-round bye in the NFL postseason.
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