The Cincinnati Bengals head on the road to battle the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoff on Saturday afternoon. The Bengals won the AFC East with a 10-7 record and registered a home win against the Raiders in the Wildcard last week. The Titans had no issues winning the AFC South with a 12-5 record and earned the first-round bye. The Bengals posted a 31-20 win over the Titans in November of last season.
Bengals Earns First Playoff Win Since 1991
The Cincinnati Bengals have won their first playoff game since 1991 and now head on the road for the Divisional playoff. Cincinnati went a solid 5-3 on the road this season. The Bengals were tabbed as six-point favorites in last week's 26-19 home win over the Raiders. Cincy has now won four out of their last five games overall with the only loss in that span occurring in Cleveland. The Bengals have covered the spread in five consecutive games.
Well, Joe Burrow was tremendous in his postseason debut, registering 244 passing yards and two TD passes. The former 1st overall pick is peaking at the right time, sporting a stellar 10:0 TD to INT ratio in his last three games. Burrow tallied 4611 passing yards accompanied by a 34:14 TD to INT ratio in the regular season. The Bengals usually run frequently but didn’t last week. They probably won’t run a lot in this one against a good rush defense. Joe Mixon had a great season, accumulating 1205 yards, and rushed for only 48 yards last week.
Watch for Ja’Marr Chase in this one. The 21-year old rookie was a big reason the Bengals won last week, bringing in receiving 116 yards. I expect Burrow to target the star WR heavy against a pass defense that ranks near the bottom of the league. The Bengals' offense is in a groove, averaging 29.5 points in their last four games overall.
The Cincinnati defense has been stellar as well. They will give up yards in the air, conceding over 300 last week, and rank 26th in the NFL in pass defense. However, the
Titans Well Rested, Henry Expected to Play
The Tennessee Titans enter the Divisional playoff on a three-game winning streak. The Titans did lose two in a row later in the season including an upset home loss to the Texans but won their final three regular-season games highlighted by a 20-17 win against the 49ers. The Titans were labeled 11 point favorites in a narrow 28-25 road win in the regular-season finale against the Texans. Tennessee has covered the spread in three out of their last five games overall.
Ryan Tannehill doesn’t attempt a ton of passes on a team that prefers to run. The 33-year old QB is having another efficient season, recording 3734 passing yards accompanied by a 21:14 TD to INT ratio. Tannehill has gone three straight games with tossing an interception
The Titans are expected to have Derrick Henry back in action for this one. The 28-year old star RB has not played since October 31st due to a foot injury. Henry posted 937 yards in his eight games. They have depth at RB which includes D’Onta Foreman who finished with 566 yards.The Titans' offense will likely target A.J. Brown quite heavily. The 24-year old is having a terrific season, collecting 869 receiving yards in 13 games. The offense usually relies upon its running game to generate points but the passing game is capable of damage
The Tennessee defense is outstanding. They have a good pass rush but will give up yards in the air, ranking 25th against the pass. The rush defense is stellar, landing 2nd in the league. The unit has allowed 25 or fewer points in five consecutive games. The Titans are scoring an average of 24.6 points, placing them 15th in the NFL. They are allowing an average of 20.8 points, good for sixth overall.