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It's fitting that the Bengals' opponent on Saturday is the Raiders, the team that started their now 31-year drought without a playoff win. Cincinnati has lost its last eight playoff games beginning with a divisional round loss in 1991 against the Raiders, who won despite Bo Jackson suffering a career-ending hip injury. 

Cautious optimism is how one could summarize Bengals fans entering Saturday's wild card playoff game. Fans who watched the Bengals during the regular season are well aware of Cincinnati's capabilities, especially on offense. Among the highlights was Joe Burrow's 525 passing yards against the Ravens, following Baltimore defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's less than flattering comments of the Bengals' second-year quarterback. The Bengals' successful regular season also included a 32-13 win over the Raiders, who are back in the playoffs following a five-year absence. 

If there are any Bengals fans in need of reassurance, here are three reasons why Cincinnati should be on the winning side of Saturday's score. 

Burrow and Bengals receivers 

On their way to their first Super Bowl appearance, the Bengals' defense managed to contain one of the most-prolific passing offenses in history, a unit that was led by quarterback Dan Fouts, receivers Charlie Joyner and Wes Chandler and tight end Kellen Winslow in the 1981 AFC title game dubbed the Freezer Bowl. The depth of the Chargers' high-powered offense is strikingly similar to the Bengals' current offense, which includes Burrow, rookie phenom Ja'Marr Chase, fellow wideouts Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd and tight end C.J. Uzomah

The unit hit its stride at the end of the regular season, putting up 41 points against the Ravens and 34 more a week later against the Chiefs. After some growing pains, Burrow has made improvements as far as not forcing the ball to Chase if defenses decide to try to take him away. Burrow has also done a vastly better job as of taking care of the ball: he did not throw an interception during his last four starts after throwing 14 picks during the season's first 12 games. 

Given the success Mixon had in their first matchup, look for the Raiders to try to focus on stopping him early. That should give Burrow plenty of opportunities to get the ball to his playmakers in the passing game. Don't be surprised if Burrow tries to loosen up the defense early with a deep shot downfield. 

Inferior quarterback play was one of the reasons why the Bengals consistently came up short in the playoffs. They lost Carson Palmer to an injury during the first series of their 2005 playoff loss to Pittsburgh. The Bengals had to field a backup quarterback in their 18-16 playoff loss against the Steelers in 2015. Derek Carr is a former league MVP candidate who is in the midst of one of his best seasons, but the Bengals finally have a quarterback capable of outplaying another talented quarterback in the playoffs. 

A subpar Raiders defense 

Las Vegas' defense isn't the worst unit in the NFL, but it is far from being one of the league's best. The Raiders finished the regular season 26th in the NFL in scoring, last in interceptions recorded (6), 23rd in rushing touchdowns allowed and last in red-zone efficiency. Last Sunday night, the unit allowed Justin Herbert to complete a series of desperation throws late in the game that nearly led to the Raiders missing the playoffs altogether. 

The Raiders have two players who can provide a consistent pass rush: Yannick Ngakoue and Maxx Crosby. If the Bengals can contain them while keeping Burrow clean, Cincinnati should be able to score enough points to win Saturday's game. There's no reason to think that the Bengals won't be able to emulate the success they had on the ground during their first matchup against Las Vegas, when Joe Mixon rumbled for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. 

Cincinnati's stout defensive front  

Carr was sacked 40 times during the regular season. That's a good sign for a Bengals defense that tallied 42 sacks during the regular season. Cincinnati's formidable defensive line, led by Pro Bowler Trey Hendrickson (14.5 sacks), Sam Hubbard (7.5 sacks) and Larry Ogunjobi (5.5 sacks) should have its way against the Raiders' offensive line, a unit that Las Vegas general manager Mike Mayock will certainly look to upgrade this offseason. 

While they can't sleep on running back Josh Jacobs, the key for the Bengals' defense will be containing Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller. Renfrow caught 103 passes during the regular season, while Waller caught 7 of 8 targets for 116 yards during the first matchup between the two teams.