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Cincinnati Bengals lose challenge to NFL changes

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Cincinnati Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn looks on at practice during Cincinnati Bengals training camp practice, Monday, August 1, 2022, at the practice fields near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Bengals are unhappy with the updated NFL playoff scenarios that were released Thursday night.

While they have every reason to feel that way, the team ended up losing the fight to the NFL on Friday.

After officially canceling the Bills’ Week 18 game at the Bengals, the NFL needed to map out what Week 18 would look like for the Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. All three teams had a lot on the line going into Monday’s game.

The Bengals are 11-4 and are currently a game and a half ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North standings. By default, when the NFL declared that the Bengals would only play 16 games this year, the Bengals became the AFC North champions regardless of what happened in Sunday’s game.