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“Bengals Have Been Scr*wed” : Cincinnati Up In Arms After NFL Proposes Coin Flip As a Resolution Technique

Arjun Sukumaran

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The NFL’s solution for the playoffs in the wake of the tragic injury to Damar Hamlin has the Cincinnati Bengals furious. Fans and even Bengals’ executives are not happy with the NFL “shafting” them with their resolution. Social media is filled with outrage after the NFL is resorting to a coin toss to settle the question of home-field advantage if the Bengals lose this week.

The NFL’s proposed solution treats the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills, and even the Baltimore Ravens fairly. However, many feel that the Bengals are getting the short end of the stick. Even Bengals’ head coach Zac Taylor feels the NFL has wronged his team. He says, “It seems like there are positives for a lot of teams and just negatives for us.”

Here’s the deal with the resolution that passed on Friday: it doesn’t matter if the Bengals win. The resolution only resorts to a coin toss if the Bengals lose to the Ravens in week 18. So to avoid any further mishap, all they have to do is win. Which is exactly what Taylor intends to do.

“We just have to turn our focus to getting ready for Baltimore and then doing everything we can to control what we can control at that point,” Taylor says.

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Who Dey Nation and Cincinnati Bengals not amused with new playoffs rules

Fans of the Bengals are not happy at all with the recent developments. Having supported their team walking off the pitch on Monday, they feel they are being punished for being good samaritans. A lot of them feel the NFL is using this opportunity to please the richer fan bases. To try and make as much money as they can out of this.

The NFL had no choice but to cancel the Bill-Bengals game, which was postponed after Damar Hamlin’s injury. As predicted, that move had a massive impact on the playoffs picture, and the NFL has been trying to fix it ever since. Only their solution ended up angering a lot of Bengals’ fans. Things can get even messier if the Bengals end up losing to the Ravens this week.

A few years ago, a handful of New England Patriots fans held protests in the NFL offices to try and overturn the Deflategate verdict. If nothing else motivates the Bengals’ to beat the Ravens, the thought of the Who Dey Nation marching on the NFL headquarters should give them enough reason to not lose. What does this week have in store for us? Will chaos be the headline next week? Only time will tell.

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About the author

Arjun Sukumaran

Arjun Sukumaran


Arjun Sukumaran is a writing consultant for NFL here at the SportsRush. A Mechanical Engineering graduate, his debating stints from his college days have become part and parcel of his life. He loves cheeseburgers, so naturally, he loves the Kansas City Chiefs. And you can definitely count him in the group of people claiming Patrick Mahomes to be the next big thing. When he is not wearing the Kansas Red and Gold, he can be spotted proudly sporting the Red and White of Manchester United, or the iconic Red Bull Blue.

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