NFL Thursday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals v Philadelphia Eagles preview
The play-off chasing Cincinnati Bengals face Philadelphia in the final Thursday night game of the season on Sky Sports.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 13/12/12 4:31pm
The Bengals were looking good to win a fifth straight game and move into the final AFC wild card position last week until a late Dallas fightback saw them agonisingly lose by a point.
Defeat for Pittsburgh gave them a great opportunity to move ahead of the Steelers, and now it will be a huge battle for them to muscle their way into a play-off position with Pittsburgh holding the tie-breakers with the teams on the same 7-6 record.
First on the agenda is a quick turnaround and a trip to Philadelphia, who finally won a game for the first time in two months last week with a late victory of their own - at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Michael Vick is available again after concussion but Eagles coach Andy Reid has already said Nick Foles will continue at quarterback for the rest of the season, and he did his future chances no harm with his late game-winning drive last week.
It was just a fourth win of the season for Reid's Eagles, with Foles running in a touchdown and throwing two TD passes inside the final four minutes - including one to Jeremy Maclin as time expired.
"It's a great feeling for the team," Foles said. "I think the big thing is, it's a great thing for the team sticking together. We can build off of this."
Earning back-to-back wins will be a big ask though for the Eagles, who had lost eight games on the spin before last Sunday in a run of form that could cost Reid his job.
The Bengals meet Pittsburgh next week and both teams trail Baltimore by two games, but the Ravens have big injury problems and, with their final game in Cincinnati, there could still be a dramatic change in the AFC North.
"We have the opportunity to still control our own end, from now until the end," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "We still have an opportunity to win the division. We still have an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs in a couple of ways. That's all we can ask for.
"We let a huge opportunity get away. We had a lead, and we didn't protect the lead very well on offense nor defense. That's what's disappointing."