(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals will host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday in the AFC Wild Card round.
Cincinnati went 8-0 during the regular season at home and head coach Marvin Lewis is expecting a different San Diego team on Sunday.
“They’re led by an outstanding quarterback in Philip Rivers. Since we played them last, they’ve won their last four football games,” Lewis said on Wednesday. “They’ve improved in every category — offensively, defensively — and it’s led to the success they’ve had coming into the playoffs. They’ve earned their right and done a nice job.”
The Bengals have not won a playoff game in 23 years and quarterback Andy Dalton knows the Chargers defense will be gunning for him.
“They’ve got some of their starters back in there. From a scheme standpoint, it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot different that they’re doing,” Dalton said. “They’ve just got some guys that are playing well. We’ve got to be prepared for all the different things that they’re going to throw at us.”
The Bengals are 0-4 in the postseason in 11 seasons with Lewis as head coach.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN