Derek Carr and Joe Burrow debut in the Playoffs with heavy historical burdens from the Raiders and Bengals on their shoulders

The Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals aren’t just looking to advance to the postseason. Both need a victory to end long droughts in the Playoffs and the weight of the historic responsibility falls on the shoulders of two quarterbacks making their debut in this instance, Derek Carr and Joe Burrow.

Carr, in his eighth NFL season, is on a mission to give the Raiders their first postseason win since winning the 2002 AFC Championship Game, while Burrow, in his second year, is looking give the Bengals their first playoff win in 31 years and end the longest active drought in the NFL.

History won’t jump onto the field at Paul Brown Stadium this Saturday when the Raiders and Bengals meet in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round, but the pressure of lifting their teams out of mediocrity could influence the mindset of two quarterbacks who don’t they have experienced the tension of a game of life and death.

In simple terms, the matchup between the Raiders and Bengals is the first in NFL history between teams with at least 18 years each without a playoff win.

Carr, who missed the Raiders in the 2016 Wild Card Round after suffering a broken foot in the final game of the regular season, will become the quarterback with the third most starts (127) in the regular season before for his first postseason appearance since 1950, behind Fran Tarkenton (165) and John Brodie (133).

To eliminate the mental factor that could cause the negative history in the Playoffs in their quarterback, the key for the Bengals will be to protect Burrow, who was the quarterback who suffered the most sacks in the regular season with 51, just an aspect in which the Raiders excel On the defensive.

If the black and silver do well with their defensive line, it is to pressure the rival quarterback with Maxx Crosby as their main weapon. The wing led the NFL in rushing with 68, despite the Raiders having the second-lowest percentage (12.5) of rushing packs over the past 10 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Most importantly, when Crosby entered the pocket, opposing quarterbacks completed only 37.7 of their passes.

In turn, Carr will have in Hunter Renfrow his best ally to make his attack walk and lead the Raiders to their first postseason victory in 19 years.

Carr completed 80 percent of his passes to Renfrow in the regular season and since Week 12, when tight end and his main target Darren Waller was sidelined with injury, that number has risen to 87 percent.

Just as the Bengals will need to keep an eye on Crosby when they have the ball, the Raiders will also need to protect Carr from an underrated Cats weapon, Trey Hendrickson, who had at least one sack in 12 games this season and finished fourth in rushing. to opposing passers (54), who completed 39.5 percent of their passes when Hendrickson bothered them.

There are several factors that influence the development of any game, but in the Postseason, any mistake or success can give direction to a game and with quarterbacks who have not dealt with the pressure of a life-and-death matchup, the Raiders defenses and Bengals rub their hands together to make Carr and Burrow uncomfortable.