If you had a chance to check out yesterday's game thread, you know we've got a little different format this weekend than what we had over the course of the regular season. We have representatives for all of the Wild Card teams joining us with their thoughts and game picks!
AFC Wild Card Playoff
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Time - 1:05pm
Broadcast - CBS
Bet QBucks here!
- Chiefs: Dan (Dan_B)
- Eagles: Ben (Phillygenius82)
- Packers: Mike (kantwistaye)
- Saints: Marcus (marcus_nyce)
- Chargers: Oddfool (JC...but it's Oddfool)
- Colts: Mike G (coyotedances)
- 49ers: Michael G (Michael_G)
- Bengals: Chris (Aceraison)
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The Bengals were such a hard team to get a read on. They have some really good players at the skill positions Green, Sanu, Jones, Bernard. Andy Dalton is good most of the time but as a team their offense leaves some clunkers out there. The Bengals D has been solid despite some injuries to key players (Leon Hall and Geno Atkins). The Chargers. They barely beat the Chiefs second team in a game they absolutely had to have to get into the playoffs. All I remember from this season for the Chargers is that they beat the Eagles and Broncos by possessing the ball blah blah blah and in doing so they made those games unwatchable. Bengals?
Like how San Diego is playing right and Dalton is frustratingly inconsistent. SD in an upset 20-17.
San Diego vs. Cincy The Bengals head coach, Marv Lewis, has never won a playoff game and their QB is more erratic than Linsay Lohan. I don’t trust either of them. The Chargers snuck into the playoffs on what was a missed “gimme” field goal and blown call by the referees on the kick, because of course they did. The Football Gods are apparently “all in” on the once prodigal son, Philip Rivers, right now. Also Norv Turner won’t be involved this year. That’s HUGE. This is my Wild Card upset special. San Diego 23 Cincinnati 19
My home team Chargers are definitely in this by pure wildcard chance. (The kind that tends to favor Fools.) The Bengals are undefeated at home, and it's gonna be cold in Cincinnati. The Chargers did beat the Broncos, but spent their last two weeks in sunny San Diego. We're gonna be popsicles. But, since they are expected to lose, and they do tend to surprise opponents at random, I'm going to go with this... Foolish Forecast: Chargers taming the Bengals 24-21
Dalton-Bernard- Green...Bengals end the 23 year drought without a postseason win. My lock of the week. Prediction Chargers 17 Bengals 27.
Cincinnati Bengals 31 - San Diego Chargers 20
I think successful Dalton might be a product of his offensive line...I remember a guy who had enough time in the pocket to go out for a gyro and come back before he had to worry about it collapsing, so his accuracy may have been a bit skewed...that's who young Andy reminds me of. I might be wrong; I haven't been able to watch the Bengals much this season. Anyway, San Diego might surprise some people...I think they'll make it a game, but Bengals ultimately win this round.
Hit the jump for the NFC Wild Card picks!