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I thought the Bengals might have died by the time they came to Baltimore for the final regular season game.

All signs indicated they were about to go on life support with head coach Marvin Lewis' job in jeopardy, and the team playing without star receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

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But sometimes, that works in reverse. When a team plays without its stars, it often responds by playing well because the team wants to prove it can win without them (see Pittsburgh without Ben Roethlisberger).

That's probably what happened Sunday when the Bengals upset the Chargers, 34-20. Before the game, a lot of the experts said San Diego was the best and hottest team in the NFL.

The Bengals' upset is on par with everything else that has happened in the NFL this season. There are no favorites, just a group of five, six or seven teams that can win it all. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they get the Bengals Sunday, a team which has owned them recently.

It will be interesting to see how the Bengals respond, and if they can play to the same level in which they played Sunday.

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