The Cincinnati Bengals will try to win their first playoffs game in 24 years and first under Head Coach Marvin Lewis, when they take on the San Diego Chargers, this Sunday at 1:05 PM ET at Paul Brown stadium.
The Bengals are 0-4 with Lewis as their head coach in the postseason. “We’ve just got to go play,” Lewis said. “We’re not going to get any of you to shut up about it until we win.”
Cincinnati already beat the Chargers this season with a 17-10 result in San Diego. QB Philip Rivers didn’t look good in that match.
“I want to be very respectful because they had a lot to do with it,” Rivers said. “They caused the turnovers, and they covered us. Some of it may not have been the best throw. They certainly were out there causing us to not get in the end zone, and our execution wasn’t great. We’ve got to execute better.”
San Diego has won four in a row, including an impressive victory over the Denver Broncos in week 15.
“We’ve been on a playoff run for the last month really, to be honest with you,” Chargers HC Mike McCoy said. “We were 5-7, no one gave us the chance. And we just said, ‘Listen, just take care of the next opponent and see what happens.’ It’s going to be the same thing this week.”
The NFL odds have the Bengals as 6.5 point favorites, the largest margin of the four wildcard matchups.