When the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts, both teams will add a new chapter to their teams' history. The Bengals, as fans are so painfully aware, have lost three straight playoff games in three straight years. However, I'll be the first to admit that this one has a different feel as the two teams prepare for their matchup.
Both teams are, for all intents and purposes, limping into the playoffs, literally or otherwise. The Bengals are battling multiple injuries, several to the same players that were just sick with flu-like symptoms like week. Furthermore, the team took a shot to the gut when the Steelers stole the AFC North away from Cincinnati's grasp in the Week 17 finale.
The Colts, meanwhile, aren't much better off. Yes, they dismantled the Titans in the final week. Yet, that game came after two consecutive close wins over the Browns and Texans, followed by a demeaning loss against Dallas in which the final score read 42-7. Ouch. To add insult to injury, their running game is seriously in question, as is their O-line.
Despite the troubles of both, the playoffs is a time where any team can get hot and have mega-success. Just ask the Giants or the Ravens. Both entered the playoffs as wild card teams and significant underdogs and combined to win three Super Bowls since 2007.
How to Watch
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
When: 1:05 p.m. ET
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Online streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile
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