Last season, the Baltimore Ravens became the sixth team since the change to the eight-team division format to win the Super Bowl despite not qualifying for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. For this year's playoffs, the AFC North offers up a club that could become the seventh to achieve that goal.
The game tape and metrics indicate the Cincinnati Bengals have across-the-board strengths that allow them to successfully adjust their game plan to any foe, thus making them capable of running a three-game table and representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.