On Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans will square off. With a 2.5-point spread and 41 points total being predicted as game total.
Cincinnati (1-2 SU and 0-2-1 ATS) earned their first win after consecutive losses against Cleveland and Baltimore, beating the Los Angeles Rams 19-16 last game and giving themselves much-needed momentum heading into this week.
Tennessee was thoroughly outplayed in week three against Cleveland after suffering a close defeat and a narrow victory to begin the season; the Browns defeated them convincingly with DeShaun Watson going 27 for 33 for 289 yards and two touchdowns (near-perfect completion rate on third downs and no turnovers needed to take down Tennessee).
How will the Titans respond at home against Cincinnati? A successful offensive performance may require much from this unit against a Bengals defense that had a fine game against Los Angeles on Monday night. Tennessee’s offensive line needs to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill better since he has already been sacked 13 times this season – giving him time to focus on providing explosive run plays from their running game and still deliver in game.
On Monday night against Los Angeles, Cincy scored an emphatic win as they limited LA to 292 yards of offense and forced two turnovers while holding them to 1-for-11 third-down conversions. QB Joe Burrow had another stellar outing, leading his team to victory with 259 passing yards (26-for-49). Joe missed most of training camp due to a calf injury, but his efforts on MNF helped the Bengals avoid an awful 0-3 start.
Cincinnati ranks 28th nationally in scoring at 15.3 points per game while averaging 244.3 total yards (30th), with an average of 175.0 passing yards (26th) and 69.3 rushing yards (30th). Joe Mixon leads their rushing attack with 180 yards on 45 carries (4.0 yards per carry), while Ja’Marr Chase tops pass-catchers with 211 receiving yards from 22 receptions. Their talented offense depends on Burrow (563 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions) performing at his best for success to take off and produce results.
The Bengals defense ranks 17th overall and 21st for total yards allowed per game, with 352.3 total yards allowed – 200.7 passing yards (12th) and 151.7 rushing yards (31st). Trey Hendrickson (3 sacks) stands out among pass rushers while Sam Hubbard and company (9 total sacks) need to improve. Tennesee’s Derrick Henry will test their 31st-ranked run defense on Sunday; though, the Bengals recently had success holding him to just 61 yards during the playoffs in 2021 and held me to just 38 yards last season.
The Titans’ offensive line has been horrific this season, while the Bengals have been solid. The Bengals’ defense shuts down the Titans in this one and cruises to victory, covering the spread!
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