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Oakland Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals will see two so-so teams come together in this AFC match up, with the Bengals looking to push their record into the positive and move into a position to make a postseason push in the run in to the end of the regular season. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Bengals' season could have been very different if they had been more consistent. They looked the real deal when they went on a three game winning streak, but looked lackluster as they slipped to four straight losses.
Cincinnati's inconsistency leaves them with a lot to do; they come into this game with a .500 record recording five wins and five losses. They lie third in the AFC North and need another good run of form if they are to force themselves into a playoff spot.
The AFC North is fiercely competitive, with the Baltimore Ravens leading the pack on 8-2 and the Pittsburgh Steelers holding second on 6-4. Even the Cleveland Browns, although on 2-8, have looked much more competent and ready to fight it out with opposition teams in recent weeks.
It now must be time for the Bengals to push on, and this game is simply a must-win. This season two teams have showed up for Cincinnati – one looking highly competent and good enough for a postseason slot, where as the other has looked void of ideas and at times toothless.
Quarterback Andy Dalton will have as big a part to play as any of the Bengals are going to make a late charge for the playoff spots. This season he has completed 221 of 344 attempts for 2559 yards and an impressive 20 touchdowns. BenJarvus Green-Ellis could potentially be a match winner for the Bengals and he has seemingly hit form at the right time, last week running for 100 yards.
Meanwhile the Raiders are having a hugely disappointing season and recently owner Mark Davis voiced his displeasure at how the season is turning out for the team. He even went as far as suggesting the team has regressed under Dennis Allen. The sad thing is that not many would disagree when looking at how the 3-7 Raiders have performed this year.
Despite their poor record the Raiders still find themselves third in the AFC West and just a game out from San Diego in second. A win today could be a massive boost to the team's morale who could then look on optimistically at trying to secure second place in the division.
Oakland Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.