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Bengals fan rooting guide for the Wild Card round of NFL playoffs

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Who you should root for in the Wild Card round since you can’t root for the Bengals.

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The Bengals’ season may have fell short of the playoffs, but some of us still want to root for a team while we continue to watch teams duke it out to make it to the Super Bowl.

There are still quite a few former Bengals in the playoffs, and great story lines tied to the Bengals that we can root for while watching this weekend. Here is your rooting guide for the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

The Buffalo Bills

The Bengals ended the Bills’ playoff drought that had lasted 17 years when they defeated the Ravens in Week 17. The result was something I think few people expected. All of the sudden Bills fans started donating to Andy Dalton and his wife’s charity. At first it wasn’t much, but the total donations have surpassed $300,000 dollars.

This has been one of the better stories for the Bengals all season, and the money is going to a worthy cause. The Daltons have used their charities to helped sick children and their families find help and comfort during their difficult times. Dalton himself has thanked the Bills fans for their kindness and generosity several times.

The Bills also donated chicken wings to the Bengals in order to thank them for the assist into the playoffs.

Considering how grateful the Bills have been for the Bengals knocking off the Ravens, it makes it hard not to root for them. It helps that they are playing the Jaguars who caused A.J. Green to choke slam one of their players in one of the more frustrating games of the season.

Andrew Whitworth (L.A. Rams)

Whitworth was a fan favorite for a long time. He had protected Dalton’s blindside as well as anyone could, and he was even recognized by Pro Football Focus as one of the best left tackles in the league his past few seasons with Cincinnati.

He left the team in the offseason after the two sides couldn’t come to an agreeable deal. The Bengals had an issue giving him a contract worthy of his talent considering his age, so the Rams decided to scoop him up.

Whitworth has been a huge part of the Rams resurgence this season. He is giving Jared Goff time that he never had last season, and opening up holes for Todd Gurley that simply weren’t there the year before. He also took his veteran leadership to the youngest team in the NFL, and it is hard deny his impact on what is happening with that team.

It would be great to see a player who was such a huge part of this team finally get the first playoff win of his career this week.

Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons)

Sanu was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2012 draft, and he was a big part of the Bengals success from 2013 to 2015. He left the team for Atlanta following the 2015 season, and the team is still trying to find a reliable replacement for him. He will be taking on Whitworth and the Rams Saturday night.

Sanu will always be more remembered for his passing than his receiving though. Here is a compilation of all of his passes as a pro.