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Bengals head into Wild weekend

PITTSBURGH _ A Bengals' victory Sunday night over the Steelers at Heinz Field (8:30-Cincinnati's Channel 5) matches them up with their old friends from Baltimore in an AFC North Wild Card Game next weekend at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati's bid for a bye never got off the gound Sunday when the Broncos rolled over Oakland, 47-14. The Bengals swept the Ravens this season and Baltimore hasn't won at PBS since 2011, but the Bengals have never beaten a team three times in the same season.

The last Bengals' playoff victory came against the division rival Houston Oilers on Jan. 6, 1991, a team they beat  at home two times in three weeks.

If the Bengals lose Sunday, they'll head to AFC South champ Indianapolis next weekend to play a Colts team that beat them, 27-0, at Lucas Oil Stadium back on Oct. 19.

The Bengals could be without of their three regular cornerbacks. Terence Newman didn't practice at all this week and Adam Jones missed Friday's practice and was one of several Bengals to wear a surgical mask on Saturday's flight from Cincinnati.

At one time or another this week, eight Bengals missed time with an illness: Newman, Jones, kicker Mike Nugent, starting quarterback Andy Dalton, starting safety Reggie Nelson, starting tight end Jermaine Gresham, starting left guard Clint Boling, and backup cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris.

Sunday night's result also rounds out next season's schedule. If the Bengals win they'll host Indianapolis and travel to New England. if they lose, they'll host Houston and travel to Buffalo. Beyond the AFC North games, they play the AFC West and NFC West.

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