Wednesday, August 10

NFL expanded postseason begins Saturday with Raiders-Bengals

An additional week of games added this year brought a dramatic end to the NFL regular season. Will the additional playoff spot at each conference (introduced in 2020) generate similar theater in the coming weeks? Or are we heading to a chalky Super Bowl LVI despite the expanded field?

There is only one way to find out. Let the games begin!

NFL playoff matchup preview

Frankie Taddeo broke down each first-round postseason matchup and gave his best bet for each game. See which teams you like for Wild Card Weekend and why.

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Saturday 4:30 pm Eastern Time | NBC

December 26, 2021;  Cincinnati, Ohio, United States;  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) celebrates with running back Joe Mixon (28) after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders won their last four games to end a four-year playoff drought with a wild-card spot despite the turbulence the franchise faced this season. The Bengals are back in the postseason for the first time since 2015 thanks to an AFC North crown secured by an impressive Week 17 win over the Chiefs. Cincinnati trampled Las Vegas, 32-13, on the road in Week 11. As such, the Bengals are 5.5 point favorites at home.

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