With 2012 in the books for the Bengals we're looking ahead -- to free agency, the draft and, ultimately, the 2013 season. Just six months to go.
Charles Woodson is headed for free agency, but even as a 36-year-old defensive back, he shouldn't be out of work long. In today's pass-first NFL, cornerbacks and safeties come at a premium. Woodson with 55 career interceptions has experience at both positions.
The Bengals search for their first playoff victory in 21 years in a rematch of last year's wild-card matchup at Houston.
Neither team played their stars in the second half, and both exited mostly unscathed with playoff berths already in hand as the the Bengals defense made enough plays to earn the win over the Ravens.
Here are the significant injuries for Week 17.
The Bengals defense is playing better than any of the other five teams in the AFC playoff picture, but does defense still win championships in the pass-heavy NFL? Cincinnati is betting on it.
As the Bengals seek to break through against Pittsburgh and snap a streak of five straight losses, the key could be the technique of their aggressive pass rush against QB Ben Roethlisberger.
The Bengals made major strides across the organization since rebooting the personnel following the 2010 season, but it won't mean much if they can't clear the final hurdle of beating Pittsburgh or Baltimore. Now, their playoffs hopes depend on it.
A must-win situation presents itself in Philadelphia on Thursday night for a Bengals team clinging on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.

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