Can the Bengals upset the Bills? | You Pod to Win the Game

Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson, Jori Epstein and Charles McDonald discuss the AFC divisional round showdown between Cincinnati and Buffalo. How will the Bengals injury riddled offensive line figure in? Can the Bills prevail if Josh Allen continues to try to do much and turns the ball over? Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: So the Sunday early game, the Bills giving up 5, Bengals coming in. We're going to have to pick an upset later. I'm just going to go ahead and pick mine now. I absolutely think the Bengals could win this game. I didn't think either team really played their best offensive game coming out. You know, everybody's talking about Damar Hamlin. Is there like an emotional lift? Does he return-- make an appearance that some thought he might make in the first game?

Jonah Williams-- I-- you know, he's off crutches. He's not practicing. Obviously, the kneecap, dislocated kneecap. I would change my mind if Jonah Williams-- the last time this happened John Williams did play the next game. If he doesn't play in this game, then OK, I think it's less likely that there's an upset here. I think losing yet another starting offensive lineman is, at some point, that comes insurmountable. But I don't know. I think the Bengals got to-- if he's on the field and functional, I think the Bengals got a real shot to upset the Bills here.

JORI EPSTEIN: Yeah, and I mean, the ball security for Buffalo has just been a little bit of a concern lately. And I mean, we saw how quickly that can swing a game with what Sam Howard did against the Ravens. So I think that-- like if Josh Allen is trying to play a little bit of hero ball again, like yes, is he capable of playing well enough to win 100%? But if he tries to do a little bit too much, I think that the Bengals will take advantage.

CHARLES MCDONALD: Yeah, I don't-- I don't know. This is going to be a weird game. I think Jonah Williams and Alex Cappa is huge. So like, because Joe Burrow is a guy-- he can play off script, he can play outside the pocket. He can do all that stuff. But you still would like Jobs like his life to be easier when he has to go blow for blow with someone like Josh Allen, who even in-- I would say that to be kind like that game was kind of a mess for Josh Allen at points on Sunday against the Dolphins, but he's still put up enough Josh Allen plays where they scored 34 points and were able to hold off the Dolphins.

So Josh Allen's kind of reached this point where even if he's imperfect, his imperfect is still good enough to dunk you on the head with 30, 35 points because it only takes one or two plays for him to get you within scoring range just due to his own physical capabilities. So I kind of think that those offensive line injuries are going to be huge.

And I do expect the Bengals will cover the spread of five, but I think just the overall health of the Bills will edge them out at the end and send the Bills back to the AFC Championship game.