CINCINNATI -- Good morning. The National Weather Service cancelled the winter storm warning for the Cincinnati area and issued a winter advisory for Sunday morning.
Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing during Sunday’s AFC wild-card matchup between San Diego and Cincinnati. So that means players can expect rain, not snow for this afternoon’s game, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing late this evening.
ESPN Bengals beat reporter Coley Harvey takes a by-the-numbers look at this afternoon’s matchup.
Only three of ESPN’s 13 NFL analysts have the Chargers moving on in the playoffs.
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego takes a closer look at Cincinnati’s playmakers on offense.
Football Outsiders provides an in-depth preview of the Chargers-Bengals game.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times writes that the Chargers are comfortable in the underdog role.
More Farmer: He previews the game here. Farmer picks the Chargers to win, 21-20.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Bengals are ready to end the franchise’s 22-year playoff drought, the longest one currently in the league.
Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune writes about two Notre Dame products squaring off today in San Diego linebacker Manti Te’o and Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert.
Len Pasquarelli of the National Football Post believes Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt could make sense in Detroit and Minnesota – two franchises looking for an offensive-minded head coach to turn around their fortunes on that side of the ball.