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TAMPA, Fla. - Go ahead and snicker.While it may seem laughable that Sundays game between Tampa Bay (2-9) and Cincinnati (7-3-1) is just as important to the playoff aspirations of the struggling Buccaneers as those of the AFC North-leading Bengals, its also true.The surging Bengals, whove won four of five, clearly are in a position to control their own fate in the NFLs tightest division race.Our guys, they know the urgency, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said.The Bengals, whove won the past two weeks on the road, are one of a record 16 teams with at least seven victories through 11 games.Division rivals Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are all 7-4 — a half game behind the Bengals — making the AFC North the first division in league history to have every team at least three games above .500 at any point in a season.We know every week is important, so you dont want to have any slip-ups because if you do . you can go from first to last really easily, Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton said. We know every week is so important, so it just brings that extra focus to the game.Despite being seven games under .500, the Bucs still have a chance to salvage their season in the under-performing NFC South. Amazingly, theyre only two games out of first place while also remaining in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in next years draft.Its crazy . but the reality of our division right now is its still up for grabs, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown said. Were not in a favourable position, but were not out of it.Atlanta and New Orleans lead the NFC South at 4-7, with defending champion Carolina just behind them at 3-7-1.The Bucs face even longer odds of winning the division because theyve lost twice to the Falcons and once to both the Saints and Panthers, who theyll face again down the stretch.You dont want it to come like this, with this kind of record, but at the same you want to be playing meaningful games in late November and December, McCown said. Hopefully we can continue to put ourselves in position to do that, and it starts by beating Cincinnati.Things to watch while the Bengals try to hang on to first in the AFC North and the Bucs try to climb back in the NFC South race:KINGS OF THE ROAD: The Bengals are trying to win three straight road games for the first time in franchise history. Its the ninth time theyve played at least three consecutive road games, the first since 2003. Theyve moved ahead of the NFLs tightest division by winning in New Orleans and Houston.Honestly if we can go into Tampa and take care of business, then the month of December will be exactly what we expected the month of December to be for us, left tackle Andrew Whitworth said.RISING STAR: Bucs WR Mike Evans leads NFL in November with 505 yards receiving and six touchdowns through the air. He leads all rookies with 841 yards receiving overall and eight TD catches.MORE OF AJ: Receiver A.J. Green missed three games and most of another because of an injured right big toe, and was a nonfactor in his first two games back. Hes been back in form during the last two games, getting six catches for 127 yards in New Orleans and a career-high 12 catches for 121 yards in Houston.Well try to get him 13, 14, 15 — however many we can, Dalton said, jokingly. But you know, it was a big point of emphasis getting A.J. involved. We got a lot of good looks for him to make plays and he made the plays. So when youve got a guy like that, youve got to give him his chances.BETTER D: Since returning from its bye week five games ago, Tampa Bay has made strides on defence, allowing 302 yards per game (fourth lowest in the NFL over the stretch) and 19.2 points per game (11th).STOPPING MJ: Defensive end Michael Johnson left Cincinnati as a free agent and signed with Tampa Bay. His former teammates are looking forward to their reunion Sunday. Bengals end Carlos Dunlap talks with Johnson every week to keep up on their personal lives and their careers.Its going to be fun to go out there and compete against him, Dunlap said. Were going to have our little friendly dispute going on who gets the first sack or who gets the most sacks like we always did when we were here.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Bobby Hull Jersey . 1. CAVALIERS: At 19-20, theyre a mess. Watched the game Tuesday night vs. Phoenix and their defence was poor (107 points and 52 per cent for Suns). Where is the high level play from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James (13 turnovers!)? Kevin Love looks like a man thats wondering what he got himself into. Dale Hawerchuck Jersey . Not that he was complaining. 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