On Sunday, January 22 the Bengals took the win against the Kansas City Chiefs with a final score resulting in 27-24.
“We except to beat everybody that we play, not just hang with them,” Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow said.
The Bengals will be attending the SuperBowl with NFL team Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, February 13h at 6:30pm.
“Joe Burrow and these young, hungry Cincinnati Bengals are Super Bowl-bound as unexpected and tenacious AFC champions,” according to Cbssports.com.
The Bengals have not won the playoffs since the 1988 season with that being the longest win drought in the NFL at 33 years.
“The Cleveland Browns now own the longest conference title game drought,” according to cbssprts.com. “Not advancing that far in the playoffs since the 1989 season.”
The Bengals have reached the playoffs in 2005, 2009 and 2011-2015, and each time were eliminated in the wild-card round.
The Bengals are back in the playoffs after winning the AFC North for the first time since 2015. They will not only host a game, but they’ll do so as the favorites against the Raiders, with FanDuel Sportsbook placing the Bengals as 4.5-point favorites.
According to sportingnews.com as has been pointed out, the world today is quite different from the world when Cincinnati celebrated a playoff win.
“I thought it would happen last year,” Burrow said. “Unfortunately, I got hurt. But we weren’t super good last year. But this year, this is the expectation.”
According to nfl.com the Bengals’ most recent playoff win prior to last Saturday came against the Houston Oilers, 41-14, on Jan. 6, 1991. A week later, they were dispatched by the Raiders.
The Bengals ended the fabled “Curse of Bo Jackson”, the former Raiders running back’s final NFL game in January 1991 that also ended Cincinnati’s last playoff run that featured a win.
“Joe Burrow wasn’t around for any of the Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff miseries of the past, and therefore he’s not saddled by them,” according to nfl.com.
In essence, the quarterback’s stance when asked Tuesday about the 31 years that separated the Bengals’ 26-19 win over the Raiders and their previous playoff win.
“I’m just really, really happy for the city of Cincinnati and that they get a chance to enjoy this,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “And now, just exhale and enjoy the ride we have. Because we’re not done yet.
Over the course of the season, Cincinnati went from the projected cellar dweller in the AFC North to division champs, ending a six-year stretch without a playoff appearance.
“I mean, it’s exciting. But this is expected. This isn’t like the icing on top of the cake or anything. This is the cake. So we’re moving on,” Burrow said.
According to Espn.com Burrow finished Saturday’s win completing 24-of-34 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
“I’m a ball player, whoever picks me, I’m going to show up,” Burrow said.”I know I’m a good quarterback.”