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Bengals and Raiders have been in a drought, however somebody’s about to drink

On Saturday when the Cincinnati Bengals and Las Vegas Raiders lastly kick off the NFL’s 2021-22 postseason, one thing wonderful goes to occur: One in every of these two groups is definitely going to win a playoff sport.

And that hasn’t occurred in a really very long time.

The final time the Bengals received a playoff sport was Jan. 6, 1991. That’s 31 years or 11,332 days from sport day.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates after the Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 34-31 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates after the Bengals defeated the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 34-31 in an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photograph/Jeff Dean)

The Raiders final received a playoff sport on Jan. 12, 2002. Sure, the Web existed by then, however some people nonetheless suspected it’d merely be a fad.

For the Raiders, the drought between playoff wins will attain 7,306 on Saturday.

Staggering.

These are two of the highest 4 groups with the widest hole between playoff wins.

It’s been 30 years for the Detroit Lions, so that they’re behind the Bengals.

And it’s been 21 years for the Miami Dolphins, so that they’ve acquired the third longest drought, simply forward of the Raiders.

Meaning Saturday goes to be fairly a launch for one among these two long-suffering fan bases, even when a lot of the iPhone and LED lighting era of gamers on the sector don’t actually relate to the droughts.

“No, we’re not apprehensive about that,” Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow instructed reporters this week. “We’re going to exit and execute the best way we have to on [Saturday] to attempt to get the win.

“We’re conscious of it, however we’re not likely interested by it. We’re a extremely younger crew that, , Ja’Marr [Chase] most likely didn’t learn about that till you guys instructed him. We now have actually younger gamers that often aren’t from right here that don’t actually perceive the historical past.

“So we’re getting into with the mindset of doing no matter it takes to win this sport, and that’s what we’re going to go to do.”

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Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson, center, celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers during overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson, heart, celebrates after kicking the game-winning area aim in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers throughout additional time of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photograph/Ellen Schmidt)

Burrow is the face of the Bengals. However he doesn’t communicate for everybody on the crew. Younger as they’re, a smaller variety of Bengals gamers are conscious of the hole between playoff wins for the franchise and its followers.

And so they need to do one thing about it.

“It’s been a very long time since we received a playoff sport, so I undoubtedly stay up for this one,” working again Joe Mixon mentioned.

Drought or not, the texture across the Bengals this week is completely different.

“All people’s excited,” Burrow mentioned. “You may sort of really feel the depth within the locker room as quickly as you stroll in within the morning. Music’s taking part in, guys are strolling round with a bit of pep of their step. So I believe our guys are able to go.”

In a sport billed for the way lengthy its been between playoff wins for the individuals, the coaches on each groups had been feeling a bit of pressed for time earlier this week. Each groups performed Sunday, and the Raiders truly performed Sunday night time and went into additional time.

So the NFL rewarding the groups with Saturday’s early sport made the turnaround a bit of tight, and each teaching staffs needed to transfer shortly to settle their sport and observe plans.

However the Bengals are appearing as if time is a secondary issue on this one. Burrow, for instance, understands it’s an necessary day in Cincinnati for causes tied to success now.

And since he has performed necessary video games in faculty at LSU, he is aware of the way to act.

“I’ve performed a whole lot of massive sport all through my faculty profession but in addition this 12 months as properly. The final 5 or 6 video games have been playoff video games. So we’ve acquired a whole lot of expertise in these sort of conditions.

“I acquired nice folks round me, nice coaches. So there’s no panic within the second, simply keep even keeled all through the sport,” Burrow mentioned. “Don’t get too excited, don’t get too down on your self in the event you make a mistake. Simply play this sport like you’ve all 12 months, and we’ll get the job finished.”

Burrow and his receivers, which he calls “the freakshow” due to their freakish talents, are fairly a departure for everybody used to watching the Bengals of the previous few years that struggled to maneuver the soccer.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) scored a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after extensive receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) scored a landing in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers in the course of the second half of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photograph/David Becker)

Issues have certainly modified.

“All people was sleeping on us, everyone was not desirous to depend us in,” Mixon mentioned. “Again then, everyone used to snigger at us on the schedule and be like, ‘Oh, we finna play the Bengals. It’s only a stat week.’ Now it ain’t no laughing, ain’t no taking part in and joking no extra. They know what’s occurring, they understand how we coming.

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“Now, we acquired all the appropriate items right here, we acquired all of the issues that we want to have the ability to play in video games like this and the place we’re in a position to compete for championships.”

It took some time. At the very least 31 years.

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