ESPN Projects Bengals' Most Likely Wild Card Matchup in Playoffs

Larry Rupp
ESPN has projected the most likely wild card matchup for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL playoffs.
ESPN has projected the most likely wild card matchup for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL playoffs. / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Bengals blew out the Baltimore Ravens in a Week 16 win and now find themselves in the driver's seat in the AFC North division with two weeks left. Fans looking ahead to the NFL playoffs will be interested to hear what team ESPN projects the Bengals to face in the Wild Card round.

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ESPN's FPI projects the Bengals to face the Indianapolis Colts. It's notable to point out that it is also the second-most likely playoff matchup behind the Buffalo Bills facing off against the New England Patriots. Keep in mind that Cincinnati and Indianapolis have met just twice all-time in the postseason.

The Bengals currently hold the No. 4 seed in the AFC and control their own destiny within the AFC North. Head coach Zac Taylor has his work cut out for him, though. Cincinnati is set to face the current No. 1 seed Kansas City Chiefs before ending the season in Cleveland against the Browns.

Meanwhile, the Colts are holding onto the first Wild Card spot in the AFC and are likely to stay put right there. It's unlikely that Indianapolis can catch the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South and it owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Patriots (current owner of second wild card spot).

Both of these teams feature powerful rushing attacks and balanced defensive tactics. Of course, a lot can change in two weeks, though.

The Bengals head into Week 17 as 4.5-point underdogs against the Chiefs, while FanDuel Sportsbook has the Colts slated as 7-point favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders.

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