The Cincinnati Bengals (11-7 SU, 11-7 ATS) beat the Las Vegas Raiders on Wild Card Saturday, 26-19, covering as 6-point home favorites in the process. With the win, they earned the privilege of tangling with the AFC’s top-seeded Tennessee Titans (12-5 SU, 10-7 ATS) in Nashville.
The Tennessee Titans know their opening playoff opponent.
After sitting out wild card weekend as the AFC’s No. 1 seed and watching six games worth of action, the Titans will prepare this week for the Cincinnati Bengals in their AFC Divisional Playoff game on Saturday at Nissan Stadium.
Joe Burrow and the Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years with Saturday’s victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
How to watch Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals in AFC Divisional Playoff game
Time: 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 22
Place: Nissan Stadium in Nashville
TV: CBS (NewsChannel 5 locally)
Streaming: NFL app (locally); NFL Game Pass (radio stream)
Radio: 104.5-FM in Nashville (Titans Radio affiliates can be found here)
Cincinnati defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 at Paul Brown Stadium in an AFC wild-card game on Saturday. It was Cincinnati’s first playoff victory in 31 years, since before cell phones were capable of sending texts, as memes on the internet reminded folks in the days preceding the game.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2022
3:30PM (CT) on @NFLonCBS
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 17, 2022
But the win wasn’t just about ending the longest playoff win drought in the NFL. It was about the first step in making a run at the AFC title.
Over the course of the season, Cincinnati went from the projected cellar dweller in the AFC North to division champs, ending a six-year stretch without a playoff appearance. That journey included an overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers, one of the top teams in the NFL, and a Week 17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the AFC representatives in last year’s Super Bowl.
Those performances indicated Cincinnati wasn’t just a team that could win a playoff game. They showed the Bengals can hang with the best in the NFL.
For the second time this season, the Bengals needed to hang tough against the Raiders in order to pick up a win. The first came on Week 11 and set the tone for the second half of Cincinnati’s season.
The second victory was much more significant. It gave the city of Cincinnati something it hasn’t experienced in decades and set the table for the Bengals to have a truly special postseason.
“We expect to beat everybody that we play, not just hang with them,” Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow said after the game.
Burrow added: “I mean, it’s exciting. But this is expected. This isn’t like the icing on top of the cake or anything. This is the cake. So we’re moving on.”