The Bengals did exactly what they needed to do in Week 6 and that was go into Detroit and dominate the Lions. They came out with a 34-11 victory over the now 0-6 Lions to move to 4-2 on the year and remain in a playoff position through six weeks.
The win keeps Cincinnati in second place in the AFC North behind 5-1 Baltimore, who ran all over the Chargers on Sunday, 34-6. The Browns were pummeled by the Cardinals, 37-14, to fall to 3-3 and they are extremely banged up and heading into a short week against the Broncos.
The Steelers won a wacky overtime game on Alumni Weekend over the Seahawks, 23-20, thanks to a strip-sack by T.J. Watt to set Pittsburgh up for the game-winning field goal for their second-straight win to improve to 3-3 heading into their bye week.
First place will be on the line in Baltimore in Week 7 when the Bengals visit the Ravens.
As far as the wild card goes, the Bengals currently hold the top wild card spot. The Bengals are tied atop the wild card standings with the Las Vegas Raiders at 4-2. Cincinnati currently has the edge thanks to their 2-0 conference record compared to Vegas’ 4-1 mark. By the way, the Bengals and Raiders meet in Vegas in Week 11.
In fact, through six weeks, the AFC North would have three playoff teams, the third being Pittsburgh and not Cleveland. The Steelers knock the Browns out thanks to their superior conference record (PIT 2-2, CLE 1-2).
The full wild card standings after Week 6:
5. Bengals 4-2
6. Raiders 4-2
7. Steelers 3-3
8. Broncos 3-3
9. Chiefs 3-3
10. Browns 3-3
11. Patriots 2-4
12. Colts 2-4
13. Jets 1-4
14. Dolphins 1-5
15. Texans 1-5
16. Jaguars 1-5