Can the Bengals defeat the Raiders and keep from being swept by the AFC West?The outcome of when the Bengals and Raiders play today may have more of an impact on who will end up with a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft than any impact on this season.
The Bengals still have a minuscule chance at making the playoffs, but aside from the unlikelihood of them winning out, they need plenty of help for that to happen.
It’s been a rough eight weeks for the Bengals, who are 1-7 in that stretch. Their performance against the Chargers last week was at the very least respectable, but the comparative lack of talent between the two squads showed up at the tail end of the game where they just couldn’t finish the job.
We may see some more emotionally-powered efforts in the near future as Cincinnati losing out could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, also known as Marvin Lewis’ employment.
As for the Raiders, they are coming to the Queen City after pulling off an upset against the Steelers. That secured their third win of the season, and they are looking to help the AFC West complete their sweep of the Bengals this week.
In the grand scheme of things, both of these teams ended up having a tumultuous season, it just took the Bengals a little bit longer for things to turn on them. The Bengals lost Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to injury during the middle of their losing streak. Meanwhile, the Raiders traded away two of their best players in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper while the Bengals were still above .500.
It’s just a matter of whose season is about to get worse on Sunday.
How to watch the Bengals host the Raiders:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) vs Oakland Raiders (3-10)
Date/Time: Dec. 16th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Series Leader: Raiders lead the all-time series 18-10
Streak: Bengals have won the past two
Coaches vs. Opponent:Marvin Lewis: (3-2) vs. John Gruden (3-0)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst).
Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).