AFC Wild Card Sunday: Bengals earning their playoff stripes at last?
Why is January 6th 1991 a date that might stick in the minds of long-time Cincinnati Bengals fans? It was the last time that they experienced their team win an NFL playoff game! A long period of postseason abstinence then followed and although the franchise eventually managed to brush off its “Bungles” image in the mid 2000’s, four playoff appearances since 2005 have seen four straight defeats. Sunday sees Cincy handed another chance to put their nightmare behind them when they host the San Diego Chargers in an AFC Wild Card encounter. Things are looking good for the home team after running up a perfect 8-0 home record during the regular season. The Bengals will be hoping that their maddeningly inconsistent quarterback Andy Dalton has one of his better days, and the fact that they beat the Bolts on the road on December 1st will also prove to be a pre-game confidence booster.
The Chargers, who have a long-standing reputation for not liking cold north-eastern winter weather, sneaked into the postseason at the last minute. They did, however, close out the regular season with four straight wins, led by QB Philipp Rivers, who threw for nine TDs and 845 yards during that streak. After missing out on the playoffs for three straight years, the visitors will be looking to take their chance at Paul Brown Stadium, but it doesn’t really look likely that Rivers will succeed where the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers have all failed this year.
AFC Wild Card Game: San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds
San Diego Chargers 3.40
Cincinnati Bengals 1.36
(Odds provided by AllYouBet Sportsbook current of today, but subject to change)
CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.