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This is arguably the toughest game to call this weekend. The Bengals finished this season 8-0 in Paul Brown Stadium, but they’re 0-2 in the postseason with Andy Dalton under center.
Dalton posted career bests in passing yardage and touchdowns this season, but he also threw a career-worst 20 interceptions.
As for the Chargers, they managed to win five of their last six after starting just 4-6. In that stretch they also notched impressive victories over the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos.
Rivers has more playoff experience than his redheaded opponent, but his playoff record is an underwhelming 3-4, and he’s yet to play in a postseason game without throwing a pick.
Oh yeah, that loss for the Chargers over their last six games? That came against the Bengals.
The Bengals won a 17-10 battle against the Chargers earlier in the year largely on the strength of a masterful defensive performance. I anticipate that the defense will come up big for them once again on Sunday and help Dalton and coach Marvin Lewis get their first playoff victories.
Final Score: Bengals 24, Chargers 14