Arguably the Cincinnati Bengals’ best player, wide receiver A.J. Green is iffy for Sunday’s playoff game in Indianapolis against the Colts. He didn’t practice on Friday and hasn’t cleared the league’s concussion protocol after suffering the injury in Week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Green can’t go, the pressure might double for the Bengals to win their first postseason contest since 1990.
The Pittsburgh Steelers enter wild card weekend with injuries to consider, mainly Le’Veon Bell and Troy Polamalu. The Steelers are prepared to move forward against Ravens.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won an NFL playoff game since January 6, 1990. They beat the Houston Oilers—right there, that tells you it was a long time ago—by a 41-14 score in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. Since then, the Bengals have lost all five postseason contests they’ve played in. That needs to change this weekend.
On Tuesday, veteran running back Ben Tate was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a proactive insurance policy should team MVP Le’Veon Bell not be ready against Ravens.
With the Ravens in the middle of game preparations for their Wild Card game against the Steelers, the last thing Baltimore needed was off the field distractions. But that’s exactly what they’ll get with the news surfacing about their head of security.
Although Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t a member of the team that lost in the Super Bowl last year, he still had the same experience as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team the Broncos could face in the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers finalized their regular season with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals to host the Baltimore Ravens during wild card week of the 2014 NFL Playoffs.
The easy part may have been getting to the playoffs in the first place when considering who Baltimore must play next. Their biggest rivals in Pittsburgh will be their first test as they look to advance in the postseason for the 6th time in 7 seasons.
The three teams the Denver Broncos could possibly meet in the playoffs are the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers — and running back C.J. Anderson doesn’t care which one it is.
Tickets for the Denver Broncos home playoff game on Jan. 11 will go on sale on Monday at 3 p.m.