The Cincinnati Bengals currently sit at the top of the AFC. Yes, Cincinnati. The Bengals. They sit at the top of the AFC. Not just their division, the whole American Football Conference. Those Bengals.
Pretty good for the fourth-worst team in 2010, especially considering they started the season 1-2. They've rattled off five straight victories and deserve their position.
But can they hold it?
Rookie Andy Dalton has played spectacularly, and the Bengals have one of the league's most consistent defenses. They are young but poised beyond their years.
Still, looking at their schedule, you have to wonder if the youthful Bengals can maintain their division lead, let alone their conference lead. They have home-and-away games against both the Ravens and the Steelers left on the schedule, and a game at home against the Texans.
This team is good enough to secure a wild-card spot and challenge whoever they play in the playoffs. But with both the Ravens and the Steelers nipping at their heels, a division lead will likely be too hard to maintain.
They control their destiny, but a tough schedule and a tougher AFC wild-card race could doom their playoff hopes.
Playoff Chances: 85 percent