Being the sixth and final seed in the NFL playoffs usually means you’re a sizable underdog. When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, that holds true a second weekend straight.
Make it 24 straight years since the Cincinnati Bengals have won a playoff game, and their loss to the underdog San Diego Chargers marked a disappointing end to yet another successful season. There was a lot of hope and promise, but now the focus is on who will stay and who will go.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years and now one more year can be added onto that streak. The San Diego Chargers were able to continue their rejuvenated season by dominating the Bengals and eliminating Cincinnati from the playoffs.
The Cincinnati Bengals had an unexpectedly successful season with an AFC North crown and a trip to the playoffs. Now, they’re facing off with a San Diego Chargers team they beat just a few weeks ago, but they may be facing them without a number of players.
What seemed only like a pipe dream a few weeks ago became reality this past Sunday for the San Diego Chargers and their fans.
The Minnesota Vikings were a minor inconvenience for the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton tossed four touchdowns to lead the Bengals to a 42-14 victory. Dalton threw just 11 incompletions and was sacked twice to build a 136.5 quarterback rating. Cordarrelle Patterson was the lone bright spot for the Vikings with a 35.8 yard kick return average, 54 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Linebacker Vincent Rey returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as Cincinnati’s defense set up another fast start on Sunday, and Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes as the Bengals pulled away to a 42-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings already know that their season is not going to last more than two games from this point, and all they are playing for now is pride and evaluation. One thing they do have going for them is that they can spoil the hopes and seeding chances of other teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals.