The 2021 NFL playoffs are finally here. After 18 weeks, we’re set to begin the tournament that will determine which team will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, which will represent the NFC, and which win ultimately take home the Lombardi Trophy and end the season as champions.
The first game of the weekend pits the AFC’s No. 4 seed, the Cincinnati Bengals, against the No. 5 seed, the Las Vegas Raiders. As usual, we are here to break down the matchup, highlighting the key pressure points on both sides of the ball. Before we do that, though, here’s a look at how you can watch the game.
How to watch
Date: Saturday, Jan. 15 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
TV: CBS | Stream: CBS Sports HQ
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Bengals -5.5, O/U 49
When the Raiders have the ball
In the first matchup between these two teams, which took place back in Week 11, neither offense accomplished much of note. The defensive lines dominated the proceedings — particularly Cincinnati’s. Derek Carr was under pressure on 41 percent of his dropbacks, according to Tru Media, and that was despite the Bengals sending only five blitzes on 29 intended passing plays. It was relentless, and it was ugly.