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Joe Burrow of the Bengals isn’t buying the underdog tag against the Bills

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Cincinnati – Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow He doesn’t buy the idea of ​​his team playing second fiddle to the Buffalo Bills, despite not being the favorite in an AFC Divisional Playoff game at Highmark Stadium on Sunday.

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“I never feel like an underdog,” Boro said after Wednesday’s practice.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Bills are the 5.5-point favorite over the Bengals in a rematch of the canceled Week 17 game after a Bills safety Hamlin devastationCollapse in the first quarter.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the Bengals have been underdogs only twice this season – Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, a 19-17 loss, and Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, a 27-24 victory.

Meanwhile, the Bills are the only team in the NFL this season that has never been an underdog. That’s an indication of how odds-makers view Buffalo in 2022. According to Caesars Sportsbook, Kansas City has opened as a favorite to win Super Bowl LVII, with Buffalo closing in from behind. The Chiefs still have the best odds of winning the Lombardi Trophy, with the Bengals coming in fifth at +800.

The outside idea that Cincinnati isn’t on the same level as its other AFC rivals was observed inside the locker room, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said.

“I don’t think you’ll find a lot of people who will feel like we’re mentioned on these teams very often,” Callahan said. “I’m sure our guys carry that chip on their shoulders. We’ve always known how good we could be.”

Heading into the Week 17 matchup against Buffalo, the Bengals are running back Joe Mixon He emphasized Cincinnati’s status as the “top dog” in the conference. After Wednesday’s practice, Mixon said the defending champions are focused on getting back into the AFC title game to face the Kansas City or Jacksonville Jaguars.

“All I know is that going into this match we had one thing in mind and that was to win,” Mixon said. “That’s the only thing we’re worried about.”

Throughout the week, Cincinnati players and coaches pointed out how difficult it was to put the stock in the ultimately abandoned Week 17 game. The teams played a total of three drives — two for Cincinnati and one for Buffalo — before Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after he tackled Bengals wide receiver T Higgins.

Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored on the field before he was taken to a Cincinnati hospital, where he stayed for a week before he was allowed to return to Buffalo.

“We’re going back to square one,” Bengals safety Jesse Betts said Monday. “They won’t know what we’re in for. We won’t know what they’re doing, what they’re planning this week. But we’ll go and tape-watch just like any other week and make sure we’re ready for them.”

Cincinnati is scheduled to have three offensive reservists starting against the Bills, with left tackle Jonah Williams (left knee) and right guard Alex Capa (left knee) still seen from week to week with their respective injuries.

The Bengals will also be set up for a rowdy environment in Western New York. Cincinnati’s offense worked exclusively using a silent tempo before the snap during Wednesday’s practice. Burrow said the team relishes the opportunity to play in whatever conditions it will be like on Sunday in Buffalo.

“I always enjoy being on the road,” said Burrow. “Just you and your man. I feel like it’s you against the world. And that’s where we’d like to be.”

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