The Cincinnati Bengals host the Los Angeles Chargers in a game that has massive playoff implications. Who gets the honor of calling this AFC matchup?
When Bengals fans and Chargers fans flip the TV to CBS on Sunday for one of the best games on tap for the weekend, they’ll hear the voices of Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn, who are on the call for this key AFC showdown.
Bengals fans are no stranger to this broadcast team, as this is the same group that called Cincinnati’s win over the Raiders just two weeks ago. Eagle, Davis, and Washburn were apparently good luck in that one, so let’s hope that same good luck translates to this week’s critical game against the Chargers.
Bengals vs Chargers: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, and Evan Washburn on the call
Heading into this game, Cincinnati is the No. 5 seed in the playoff picture. If the season ended today, they’d head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Chargers are the No. 7 seed and if the season ended now, they’d be traveling to Foxboro for a date with the red-hot Patriots.
The biggest storyline surrounding this matchup is that it’ll pit Joe Burrow against Justin Herbert for the first time. Burrow actually made his first-ever NFL start against the Chargers last year but Herbert wasn’t starting for LA in that game. In fact, he made his NFL debut a week later when Tyrod Taylor was injured ahead of the Week 2 game. Herbert was so good, however, that he never relinquished the job.
The Bengals defense will have their hands full against Herbert and his arsenal of weapons but the same can be said for the Chargers defense, who is tasked with slowing down Burrow and his army. With LA’s run defense looking dreadful, don’t be surprised if Joe Mixon has another tremendous game.
It’s a bit surprising that this game didn’t get either Jim Nantz/Tony Romo or Kevin Harlan/Trent Green but those two announcer teams are calling Baltimore-Pittsburgh and San Francisco-Seattle respectively. Harlan and Green were initially supposed to be on the call for Chiefs-Broncos, but that was the Week 13 game chosen to be flexed into Sunday Night Football (which is a mistake).
We’ll see if this broadcast team brings the same luck to Cincinnati that they did two weeks ago.