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Blackout looming if Bengals don't sell 2,000

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals are 5-2, atop their division and just beat a potentially playoff-bound Detroit Lions team on the road.

But yet, they are having trouble selling out their stadium.

The Bengals announced Monday afternoon that a blackout could come if they don't sell the more than 2,000 tickets that remain to this Sunday's home game against the New York Jets. It is only the second game at Paul Brown Stadium in a month that features five total tilts for the Bengals.

Monday's announcement came after Bengals ticket manager Andrew Brown said Friday that more than 3,000 tickets remained and that the team was in jeopardy of not having a sellout for the first time this season.

"Sales were good over the weekend," Brown said Monday in a statement, "but this is still a significant number of tickets to move in less than a week. We're hopeful that our three-game win streak will give sales some more momentum as we move through the week."

While the Bengals beat the Lions 27-24 on Sunday, the Jets improved to 4-3 after beating New England. The overtime victory sent the Patriots to just their second loss of the season. Their first came at Paul Brown Stadium in the Bengals' most recent home game.