A Busted Coverage Preview Of The 2022 NFL Playoffs

Nov 10, 2019; Tampa, FL USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks with quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The 2021-22′ NFL season has officially wrapped up, and fourteen teams begin the journey to the promised land. The season ended with quite an enjoyable Sunday night matchup that had many fans clamoring for a tie. Welcome to 2022. Now the quest begins with a loaded Wild Card weekend that will conclude with a meeting of two powerhouses from the NFC West on Monday night. Here is a preview of the 2022 NFL Wild Card weekend.

Las Vegas vs. Cincinnati, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EST., NBC

The Cincinnati Bengals are AFC North champions and are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990, which also is the last year the Cincinnati Reds took home the World Series. It’s been a long time since either of those franchises have seen post-season success. However, the magic in Cincinnati feels different this year on the football side of things. That feeling comes from the new franchise man under center, Joe Burrow.

Burrow sat out of  Cincinnati’s season finale loss to the Cleveland Browns. Before last week’s rest, Burrow had been the hottest QB in the league. No, I’m not talking about his looks but rather his play on the field. In Burrow’s last two games of the season, the young QB tossed for 971 yds and eight touchdowns. Burrow has been hot, but now the Bengals welcome a hungry Las Vegas Raiders team looking to make something out of a tough campaign this season.

Given everything that has happened to the Las Vegas Raiders franchise this season, it’s hard not to root for these ultimate underdogs coming into Wild Card weekend. Derek Carr has been the ultimate team captain, guiding the team through difficult times. Losing a head coach and a few talented young men due to ugly off-the-field situations, the Raiders secured a playoff spot for the first time since 2016. The Raiders look to carve out their own Cinderella story, and it starts Saturday in the jungle known as Paul Brown Stadium.

New England vs. Buffalo, Saturday, 8:15 p.m. EST., CBS

The Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots will meet for the third time this season, as the two will cap off Wild Card Saturday in what is expected to be a bitterly cold game. The division rivals have had two compelling matchups this season, the first giving fans an incredible Bill Belichick memory with the New England Patriots throwing the ball just three times in the 14-10 victory.

Buffalo got the last laugh, winning the second matchup 33-21 and taking the AFC East crown in back-to-back seasons. Buffalo is no stranger to playoff pain, and a loss to New England Saturday would undoubtedly have the franchise looking at what the next move could be in finding playoff success.

 

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