Bengals better on defense heading into playoffs

Updated: December 26, 2012, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals think they're a better team -- especially on defense -- heading into the playoffs for the second season in a row.

They finished 9-7 last season, earned a wild card and lost at Houston 31-10 in the first round.

A 13-10 win in Pittsburgh on Sunday clinched another wild-card berth, only the second time in franchise history that they've gone to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

They're locked into the No. 6 seed regardless of what they do on Sunday ...

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