The Cincinnati Bengals are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015 and they have a date with the Las Vegas Raiders, who haven’t been in the postseason since 2016. Both of these teams are riding playoff losing streaks but one team will finally end theirs.
Cincinnati gets to kick off Super Wild Card weekend, as the game is slated to begin at 4:30 EST, making it the first of six games on tap through Monday night.
Who is on the call for the Bengals-Raiders Wild Card game?
With two games airing on NBC this weekend and the Bengals’ game being one of those NBC matchups, they’ll have the secondary broadcast crew calling their game. It’ll be Mike Tirico, Drew Brees, Kathryn Tappen, and Terry McAuley on the mics for this one. Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya will call the Sunday night game between the Chiefs and Steelers.
This is a new crew for the Bengals this year but even Michaels and company would have been new since they didn’t play on NBC at all this season. It’ll be fun to hear what Brees, who spent 20 seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Saints, has to say about Joe Burrow.
Burrow has gone on the record in the past saying that he chose the No. 9 jersey because he looked up to Brees. Getting to have his first-ever playoff game called by one of his heroes has to be pretty cool.
If all of the division winners take care of business in the first round, the Bengals would go to Nashville for a date with the No. 1 seeded Titans. If either the Patriots or Steelers win on the road, then Cincinnati would head to either Kansas City or Buffalo depending on which team advanced.
There’s so much at stake on Saturday and with a 31-year playoff drought still ongoing, fans are anxiously awaiting to see if this team is indeed different from the Bengals playoff teams of the past.