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Monday Night Football will have a big impact on the race for the AFC one seed
Monday night we get a matchup of two AFC powerhouses battling it out for a chance at the number one seed on primetime between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Buffalo Bills are riding a six-game winning streak and control their own destiny when it comes to locking up the number one seed in the AFC. The Bills continue to roll on offense led by one of the premier quarterbacks in the league with quarterback Josh Allen. Buffalo is currently seventh in the NFL in passing yards and Allen has thrown for more than 300 yards in five games. The dual-threat quarterback has 38 total touchdowns on the year and continues to be one of the game’s elite. With the Bengals currently 21st in the NFL in passing defense, this game may very well provide some fireworks with explosive plays.
The Cincinnati Bengals are riding a seven-game winning streak and have had one of the league’s most explosive pass offenses with Burrow coming in second in the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns. With Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd forming one of the most formidable pass-catching units in the NFL, the Bills and their 15th-ranked passing defense will be fully tested. The Bengals will need to be able to finish drives against a Bills defense currently second in scoring defense and first in red zone defense. While Joe Mixon has not been able to match his Pro Bowl pace from a year ago, his dual-threat ability will be needed for a Bills defense currently fourth against the run. This should be a high-scoring game and whatever defense can make that crucial stop or take way could be the difference in what should be a close game.
How to watch
What: Buffalo Bills (12-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
When: Monday, Jan. 2
Where: Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, OH.
Game time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters (field reporter)
Radio: National Radio: Westwood One; Sirius channels: 81 (Bills), 83 (Bengals), 88 (National); XM channels: 226 (Bills), 225 (Bengals), 88 (National)
Online streaming: Fubo | NFL Game Pass (Free trial)
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Buffalo -2.5
Referee: Shawn Smith
Originally posted on Big Blue View