The Cincinnati Bengals could set up for an epic season finale in Week 18 if they follow with rumors and sign Colin Kaepernick to their roster this season. The AFC North has seen an unbelievable amount of quarterback shakeups in the previous two weeks after having all four teams in the playoff hunt through the midseason.
The Browns signed Joe Flacco to the practice squad on Sunday to help with depth after Deshaun Watson was ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury following the team’s victory over the Ravens.
The Browns won Sunday’s matchup with rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but that was barely over a Pittsburgh Steelers team that had their starting quarterback, Kenny Pickett, leave the game with an injury. Flacco could be promoted to the starting lineup sooner than later.
The Bengals suffered the most significant blow to their playoff chances of any AFC North team last week after Joe Burrow was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right wrist. Jake Browning didn’t look capable of taking the Bengals to the playoffs when he relieved Burrow Thursday night.
Could the Cincinnati Bengals set up a legendary rematch?
The Bengals have been linked to several replacements, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick. Week 18 could have extra interest between the Browns and Bengals if Cincinnati were to take a chance on Kaepernick.
NFL fans could have flashbacks to the 2012 season with Kaepernick and Flacco battling out Week 18 for the right to make it to the playoffs. Those two quarterbacks played against each other in one of the more epic Super Bowls of the last decade, Super Bowl XLVII.
Flacco and the Ravens survived a furious comeback by the 49ers to win the game, and Flacco won Super Bowl MVP. Had the 49ers pulled off the comeback, Kaepernick would have likely won MVP.
Could we see another rematch in January?
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