It is the goal of every NFL team to control their own destiny. The Bengals still do. The playoff scenario for the Bengals is simple. If they beat the Steelers and the Ravens they are in the playoffs. If they lose either of those games they need some help. Lets look closer:
Even if the Bengals lose on Thursday night and the Steelers win the Bengals will only be a game back from them. If the Bengals manage to win the next two games (Steelers/Ravens) they will probably end in a tie with the Steelers. (assuming the Gold and Black top the Browns in the final week). So it goes to tie breaker procedures. The first is record in the division. Both teams would be 3 and 3. So then it would fall to record in the conference. This is where the Bengals would have the edge. They would have a 7-5 record while the Steelers would sport a 5-7 record.
The Jets would also lose out to the Bengals in common opponent record with the Bengals with that scenario assuming they win out.
So there you have it, sure the Steelers could lose to the Browns and the Bengals could beat the Eagles and the Steelers and have the game against the Ravens not matter. Or the Steelers could lose to the Cowboys and open it up for the Bengals more, but the bottom line is the Bengals can win and control their destiny no matter what any other team does. And that is what this guy wants to happen.