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Bengals and Vikings fans react to heartbreaking losses

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There’s a certain level of emotion that only comes out in people during the NFL playoffs and the Wild Card round was no different as Bengals and Vikings fans were forced to watch their seasons come to an end in agonizing fashion.

It will take a long time for Vikings’ fans to move on from Blair Walsh‘s 27-yard miss (which should forever be remembered as “laces out”) and it will take awhile for Bengals’ fans to forget about a pair of 15-yard penalties that doomed Cincinnati’s chances of winning their first playoff game under Marvin Lewis.

But with pain comes strength and hopefully these fans and players will be able to look back at their reactions and have a good laugh.

Before Adam “Pacman” Jones told Dan Patrick that he “knows” Antonio Brown was faking his injury, he needed a box of tissues on the sidelines:

 

Hopefully she can solve Jones’ tissue problem:

https://twitter.com/TheCauldron/status/686051112097558528/photo/1

 

Maybe Walsh should take some tips from this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBZ5qp-X5bE&feature=youtu.be

 

This Vikings fan got what he deserved for still having a Christmas tree up:

 

Come on man, you can’t say that on Youtube…wait you can! (WARNING: NSFW language)

 

 

Bengals, Texans betting underdogs in AFC Wild Card matchups

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to halt a seven-game straight-up losing streak in the postseason, including Wild Card Weekend losses in each of the past four years, when they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night as 2.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The 12-4 Bengals enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the conference, and as AFC North champs for the second time in three years. However, Cincinnati struggled in the second half of its campaign, going 4-4 SU in its last eight ahead of Saturday’s Steelers vs. Bengals betting matchup at Paul Brown Stadium, failing to tally a victory against a playoff-bound team during that stretch.

Compounding matters for the Bengals has been the absence of quarterback Andy Dalton, who suffered a broken thumb in the club’s 33-20 loss to Pittsburgh four weeks ago, and remains questionable for this weekend’s contest.

The 10-6 Steelers needed to overcome serious adversity before capturing a playoff berth with last weekend’s 28-12 win over Cleveland. Struck by injuries to rusher Le'Veon Bell and pivot Ben Roethlisberger, who was sidelined twice early in the season, Pittsburgh stumbled to a 4-4 start before coming to life in the second half.

The Steelers are enduring a playoff losing streak of their own, coming up short in their last three, also taking against the spread losses as betting favorites in their past two, but are a solid 4-1 SU and ATS in their past five against the division-rival Bengals according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

In the other AFC Wild Card Weekend matchup on Saturday, the AFC South champion Houston Texans will be gunning for their fourth straight SU win when they welcome the Kansas City Chiefs as 3.5-point betting underdogs.

The Texans have won seven of their past nine games both SU and ATS, and have been dominant during their current hot streak, allowing just 7.3 points per game in crucial wins over divisional rivals.

The 11-5 Chiefs reached the postseason on a torrid 10-game SU win streak, and also posted a 27-20 victory in Houston back on the opening weekend of the NFL season. However, Kansas City has consistently failed to meet increased expectations at the sportsbooks, losing three of their last four ATS, and are 2-4 ATS this season when favored by more than three points.

The Chiefs must also overcome an eight-game playoff losing streak dating back to 1994, scoring 10 or fewer points in five of those contests, and losing three outright as betting favorites.

Bengals visit rival Steelers as favorites at sportsbooks

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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return to action on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers play host to the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals as 1.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Big Ben has been sidelined for a month since suffering a knee injury in the Steelers’ 12-6 win in Week 3 over the Rams in St. Louis, with veteran Michael Vick and third-year pivot Landry Jones leading the club to a pair of straight-up wins in his absence.

Pittsburgh is coming off a disappointing 23-13 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as 3-point underdogs, their first against the spread defeat of the season, and enters Sunday’s Bengals vs. Steelers betting matchup at Heinz Field averaging just 20.5 points per game over their last four, and have seen the point total play UNDER in 10 of their past 12 contests.

They meet a rested Bengals squad that is coming off a bye week after opening the season with six SU wins, 5-0-1 ATS, and seven SU wins in their last nine road contests.

However, Cincinnati has lost three straight to Pittsburgh, and are just 4-13 SU and ATS in their last 17 meetings with their AFC North divisional rivals.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, travel to London, where they will meet the Detroit Lions on Sunday morning as 5-point betting favorites in the final NFL International Series game of the season.

Kansas City ended a five-game SU and ATS losing skid with their victory over the Steelers, and have held opponents to just 15.7 points per game over their last three.

The Lions made offensive coaching changes this week after falling to 1-6 with a 28-19 loss to the surging Minnesota Vikings. Detroit is now a dismal 1-9 SU in their last 10 games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and have disappointed bettors with their current 5-13 ATS run.

The 4-2 Vikings will be looking to solidify their place in the NFC Wild Card hunt with a third straight victory when they visit the Chicago Bears in a contest pegged as a pick’em at the sportsbooks.

Minnesota is a middling 3-2 in their last five against the Bears, who are 2-1 SU and undefeated against the spread since opening with three consecutive losses.

In other NFL Week 8 betting action, the Green Bay Packers visit the undefeated Denver Broncos as 2.5-point chalk, while the struggling Baltimore Ravens take on the San Diego Chargers as 3-point favorites, and the Seattle Seahawks battle the Dallas Cowboys as 5.5-point road favorites.