The Cincinnati Bengals were not at all happy with the way the NFL handled the seeding issues stemming from their canceled game against the Buffalo Bills.
The league was forced to postpone and subsequently forego the important fixture due to Damar Hamlin’s life-threatening incident but told the Bengals they should be happy to be crowned AFC North champions. Of course, it’s not as simple as that, as pointed out by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
Should the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and should the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo will end up hosting the divisional round. Unlike the potential Bills-Chiefs matchup or what could have stemmed from a Bengals loss to the Ravens in Week 18, there will be no coin flip or neutral site proposal. The Bills will simply remain home for the game, despite the fact that the Bengals were beating them before the game was called off.
The Bengals could have still won the game even if they were behind at that juncture, which would have given them the No.2 seed in the AFC as they also beat Baltimore.
In spite of all of that, It’s the Bills who have been handed home-field advantage for the divisional round.
The Bengals have every reason to feel hard-done-by, though it could galvanize the team if they have to play the Bills and Chiefs, who, it could be argued, might not have even deserved that bye week and top spot.
So it might work out in Cincinnati’s favor in terms of them having a chip on their shoulder as they aim to return to the Super Bowl.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.