NFL Week 17: 5 Keys to a Bengals Victory

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NFL Week 17: 5 Keys to a Bengals Victory
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The Cincinnati Bengals come into their Week 17 showdown with far more at stake than most people would have ever thought coming into this season.

Rather than wondering about where they will be drafting next April, the Bengals and their fans know that if they can beat their division-rival Baltimore Ravens in the final week of the season, they will be heading to the playoffs as the AFC's sixth seed.

The Bengals and Ravens met in Week 11, with Baltimore holding on for a 31-24 victory in their home stadium. Baltimore led by as many as 17 points before stopping a fourth-quarter Bengal rally.

The season finale holds a lot of importance to the Ravens as well. A win and they will lock up a first round bye and at least one home playoff game. A loss puts them in jeopardy of letting the Steelers take the division title.

It all adds up to what should be a tough and entertaining matchup between two divisional rivals desperate to solidify their playoff hopes.

Let's look at five things the Bengals need to do to win this pivotal game.

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