Will Jesse Winker be a happy camper on Sunday evening? If his teammate, Jonathan India, can predict the future, then the answer is yes. The Cincinnati Reds second baseman was obviously watching the Cincinnati Bengals defeat the Tennessee Titans on Saturday and took to Twitter with a bold prediction.
Not really. India admitted later that he forgot the Buffalo Bills would have to win on Sunday before hosting the Bengals in the AFC Championship. The Bills head to Arrowhead Stadium today to do battle with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Will Jonathan India's prediction come true?
Jonathan India has been front and center during the Cincinnati Bengals playoff run. The Cincinnati Reds second baseman and reigning Rookie of the Year was seen at the Bengals tail gate last weekend and, along with catcher Tyler Stephenson, has been very active on social media in support of the Reds' neighbors along the banks of the Ohio River.
Shortly after Evan McPherson's game-winning kick on Saturday, India took to Twitter saying, "See y'all in Buffalo." About 15 minutes later, India realized that Buffalo still has a game to play today and wrote, "Wait, Buffalo needs to win now," and followed it up with a laughing emoji.
The error is quite understandable, as it's been since 1988 that the Bengals were even in the AFC Championship Game. For reference, Jonathan India wasn't even born until 1996. Yesterday's victory over the Tennessee Titans was the first road playoff win in Cincinnati Bengals history.
India's teammate, Jesse Winker, would love it if the Reds' second baseman was correct. Winker is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan. The Bills are 4-2 in the AFC Championship with their last appearance coming in 2020 when they lost to Sunday's opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo last took home the Lamar Hunt Trophy in 1993.
Will Jonathan India's projection come true? We'll have to wait until this evening to find out. The Bengals await the winner of the Bills and Chiefs and, regardless will go on the road next Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl hanging in the balance.