According to PlayoffStatus.com, a site I discovered with a simple Google search and whose methodology is uncertain, the Bengals have a 13% chance of making the playoffs.
I have no idea how this number was reached, but it sounds about right. Yes, the Jets could lose two games or the season finale in Miami. Yes, Tennessee could somehow lose to Indianapolis, Jacksonville, or Houston, especially if rookie quarterback Jake Locker is starting. Yes, Oakland seems almost certain to lose at least one more game. And perhaps Cincinnati could finish this season 3-0.
But could all of it happen together? Probably not, which makes the 13-percent forecast sound about right. For what it’s worth, the Jets have a 56-percent chance of getting in, followed by the Raiders at 23-percent, and the Titans at 19.
I suppose 13-percent still allows for a shred of hope for the eternal optimists, but it’s best for Bengals Nation if we brace ourselves for the offseason, which has an 87-percent chance of starting sooner rather than later.
Who Dey. Sigh.