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What to Watch For in Saturday's NFL Playoff Games

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati’s unquestioned quarterback of the future, was one of the league’s best passers in the latter half of the regular season as the Bengals (10-7) started using a more pass-heavy game plan.

Las Vegas’s strength on defense is up front, where Maxx Crosby, the Raiders Pro Bowl edge rusher, thrives in affecting the passer.

Las Vegas should have little trouble generating pressure against a Cincinnati offensive line that struggles in pass protection (Burrow was the most sacked quarterback in the regular season).

They’ll meet at Highmark Stadium on Saturday where the temperature is expected to be in the single digits with a wind chill around negative 10 to 15 by kickoff.

That means this game could look a lot like when the teams met in early December, when the Patriots’ rookie quarterback Mac Jones attempted just three passes in a blustery, run-heavy matchup in New York.

The Patriots could be without starting cornerback Jalen Mills, who was added to the reserve/Covid-19 list Tuesday, which would be problematic for a secondary already lacking in depth at the corner position.

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