INSIDE SLANT The Bengals control their own destiny toward what would be their first division title and playoff berth since 1990. The Bengals, thanks to Baltimore's overtime upset of Pittsburgh on Sunday, are still tied for the lead in the AFC North with the Steelers. Both teams are 7-3. The Bengals will play Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh in the season's biggest game, if they take care of business Sunday and defeat the Ravens in a division game at Paul Brown Stadium. Coach Marvin Lewis, as he has done all season, has his team looking no further ahead than the next game. And it didn't take the Ravens' upset victory to force the Bengals to take them seriously. "I think they would have had our attention no matter what; it didn't really matter," Lewis said of the Ravens. "They are the next team on the schedule. They're a division team. They're a good team. They don't have as good a record as we would expect them to have right now, but they're going to come in here physically ready to play." If both the Steelers and Bengals win in Week 12, they will be 8-3 when they meet at Heinz Field. The Bengals would have to win that game to even the season series with the Steelers. Pittsburgh soundly defeated the Bengals 27-13 on Oct. 23 at Paul Brown Stadium. If the Steelers lose at Indianapolis and the Bengals defeat Baltimore, the Bengals still would need the victory at Pittsburgh to maintain control of their playoff hopes. If the Steelers and Bengals finish with the same record atop at the division, Pittsburgh would win the title as a result of its 2-0 record against the Bengals. The second playoff tiebreaker is intra-division record. The Bengals are 2-1 against the AFC North, the Steelers 3-1. The Bengals' next three games all are against the division: Baltimore, at Pittsburgh and Cleveland back at PBS on Dec. 11. The Steelers have division games against the Bengals and at Cleveland remaining on their schedule. NOTES, QUOTES --The Bengals' big three on offense all are ranked in the top 10 in individual categories after Week 11. Wide receiver Chad Johnson is second in receiving yards with 997. Quarterback Carson Palmer is third with 2,620 passing yards. Tailback Rudi Johnson is ninth with 854 rushing yards. --The Bengals are third in total offense with 373 yards a game. The Ravens, the Bengals' opposition Sunday, are second in the NFL in defense at 272 yards allowed a game. Baltimore is No. 26 in offense at 273.9 yards a game. --Coach Marvin Lewis liked what he saw from second-year tailback Chris Perry against the Colts. Perry had 82 rushing yards and another 41 receiving against Indianapolis. He has 254 rushing yards (5.4 average) and 305 receiving yards (6.9) this season. "He continues to do the things we expect him to do," Lewis said. "He's been pretty good in the protection part of his job and as a running back. And obviously, he's been very good with the ball in his hands." --Lewis also said the Bengals' defensive line did a solid job, even though the Colts gained 451 yards in total offense and scored 45 points. "They played well," Lewis said of the defensive line. "We had some times where we were trying to do things too much and got out of the gap. But I thought Justin (Smith) played a very, very good football game. It was a fine play on the sack and a good pass-rushing move. I think our guys saw some things last week as we practiced that hopefully will make us a better team." Smith had his third sack of the season among his five total tackles. STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES --CB Reggie Myles (bruised ribs) is questionable for the Baltimore game Sunday. --CB Rashad Bauman (twisted knee) is questionable for the Ravens. --DT Bryan Robinson (foot) suffered an injury against the Colts, coach Marvin Lewis said, but Robinson is expected to play Sunday. --LB Caleb Miller made his 2005 debut Sunday on special teams. He had two tackles in the kicking game. --QB Carson Palmer has a 100.0-plus passer rating in nine games this season. He called the game against the Colts "awesome" and "fun," up until the point the Bengals could not convert an onside kickoff in the game's final 1:20. --WR Chad Johnson has 997 receiving yards after getting a career-high 189 Sunday.
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