When the playoffs arrive, every player knows that a brand new season is about to begin. Many more factors play more significant roles in who wins a playoff game and continues on and who loses and packs up for the season. One of the most important aspects a team can bring into the playoffs is momentum. When the San Diego Chargers travel to cold Cincinnati to take on the Bengals, they will look to derail a team with a lot of momentum.
The Chargers are currently riding a thrilling four game win streak, highlighted by their most recent win against the talented Kansas City Chiefs and a 27-20 win over the top seeded Denver Broncos. If any team were to be riding the most momentum going into this weeks wild card games, San Diego would top that list.
The Bengals are coming off a big win over their divisional rival Baltimore Ravens, winning convincingly 34-17. While the Bengals offense has been inconsistent this season, their defense has held strong, finishing the regular season ranked fifth in the NFL. When the Chargers come to town on Sunday, one of the biggest factors playing for the Bengals will be their home field advantage, as they are undefeated at home this season.
When the two face off, it will be hard to bet against the hometown favorites. With a top tier defense highlighted by the league’s fifth best pass defense, and home field advantage the Cincinnati Bengals will look to ride their own momentum into the next round of the playoffs by never allowing quarterback Philip Rivers to get comfortable.