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The Las Vegas Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals, both 10-7 in the regular season, square off in the first round of the playoffs at Paul Brown Stadium. It’s the first of six games during the wild-card round, set for Saturday at 4:30 PM ET.The Raiders earned their playoff berth with an overtime victory over the Chargers, 35-32, in the final game of the regular season. Cincinnati fell to Cleveland in a went-through-the-motions contest, 21-16. Early NFL odds have the Bengals as -6½ favorites, with the point total at 49½.

A team making the playoffs after a mid-year coaching change is a rarity (try 60 years), but the Raiders battled through adversity and tragedy to somehow win their last four games…by a grand total of 12 points.

Offensively, the Raiders are led by Derek Carr, who is fourth in passing with over 4,700 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns. Overall, the offense averaged just 22 points per game, ranking 11th in total yards (363.8 ypg).

The Raider defensive has been vastly improved from last year, finishing the regular season ranked 14th (337.2 yards/game). Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue are the leaders, combining for 16 sacks. As a unit, they’ve surrendered 25.8 points per game, with just 13 takeaways in the 17 games.

Cincinnati, the AFC North division champs, rested multiple starters in their season-finale loss.. The Bengals ended a six-year playoff drought, due in large part to the fireworks of their offense. Quarterback Joe Burrow solidified himself as one of the best at his position, throwing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Ja’Marr Chase set the franchise rookie wide receiver record with 1,455 yards, adding 13 touchdowns.

Defensively, the Bengals were one of the more dominant units in the league. Cincy ranked fifth, conceding just 102.5 rushing yards per game. The Bengals held opponents to 22.1 points per game during the season, due in part to 21 takeaways.

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