As the Bills get set to host the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Round, many are of course talking about the game that should’ve been.
A few weeks ago, tragedy struck and the sports world stopped. Bills safety Damar Hamlin took the utmost priority, as his health and well-being were hanging in the balance.
With that game canceled, it was left up to playoff fate as to whether these two teams would meet again.
After wins in the Wildcard Round, both Cincinnati and Buffalo will not get a chance to take the field together. We were able to sit down with a Bengals expert from our friends at Stripe Hype and preview the game.
Bengals expert Leigh Oleszczak from Stripe Hype gives Bills fans an inside look at the Divisional Round from Cincinnati’s perspective
1. The past is the past, and we can’t change it. But, do you believe the Bengals would have won the first matchup had it been played?
“The Bengals sure came out swinging in that game so I think they had a good shot to win if the tragedy hadn’t occurred. I will say that the Bengals tend to play well in one half and not the other though so that hot streak wouldn’t have gone on for the whole game. I do think they would have eked out a close win but I guess we’ll never know!”
2. Did you see anything in that limited time, in the first game, that concerned you as a Bengals fan?
“The Bills got down the field pretty easily on what would be their only drive, which was concerning but the Bengals’ defense held them to a field goal so I wasn’t as worried.”