3 questions Bengals must answer in Wild Card Round vs. Raiders

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Ja'Marr Chase, Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Burrow (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Here we go, Cincinnati Bengals fans! It’s playoff time!

What a season it has been. There have been many highs and lows, mostly highs, and most fans, if they are being honest did not expect the Bengals to be where they are today.

Exactly where are they?

About to host a first-round playoff game against a Raider team that the Bengals defeated in Las Vegas back in Week 11. Cincinnati also boasts largely the healthiest roster of all the AFC playoff teams. Generally speaking, the healthiest, hottest teams are the ones that make the most postseason noise.

Is any team hotter than the Bengals? Let’s just throw out the stinker against Cleveland with the junior varsity playing. Joe Burrow and company needed the extra rest time to heal up and prepare to end a collective fan bases’ 30 plus years of misery.

However, many questions remain yet to be answered. Chief among those, will it finally happen? Will the stench of frustration finally blow out of downtown Cincinnati? That smell has hung over the riverfront since 1991.

In 1991, hair metal still ruled, Nirvana was just a spiritual plane of existence, and Will Smith still resided in Bel Air. Can the Bengals join the 21st century and bring the city a playoff win?

Let’s see if that question and others can be answered. Here are three questions the Bengals must answer in the Wild Card round against the Raiders.