The Cincinnati Bengals won't be at full strength when they battle the one-seed Tennessee Titans this afternoon.
The Bengals got to this weekend's Divisional Round by beating the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 last Saturday afternoon. What's their reward? A date tonight against the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans got a first-round bye and some much-coveted extra rest as a result. They'll be close to full strength against Cincinnati. The Bengals, on the other hand, will be down a few players.
The Bengals will be without WR Stanley Morgan, WR Trenton Irwin, RB Trayveon Williams, OL Fred Johnson, CB Vernon Hargreaves and DE Wyatt Ray.
The Bengals' Wild Card win meant everything to their fans and the organization itself. But Joe Burrow has his sights set on greater things.
"It's a great win for us, for the city and the organization, but we expected this," Burrow said after the Bengals' 26-19 win over the Raiders. "It's not gonna be a big celebration like it was when we won the division. We took care of business, onto the next round.
"... This isn't the icing on top of the cake or anything. This is the cake and we're moving on. This is the playoffs. If you dwell on this one too much, you'll get beat in the next round."
Burrow and the Bengals will try and keep the magic going tonight vs. the Titans.