|BENGALS @ TITANS ODDS||(via FanDuel)|
|DAY:||Saturday Jan 22|
On Saturday the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals meet in Nashville for a spot in the AFC Championship Game. The Titans enjoyed a bye last week because of their impressive 12-5 record, while the Bengals had to get past the Las Vegas Raiders. The weather for Saturday is set to be perfect for football, as no storms or heavy winds are expected in the forecast. We should have a closely contested game.
The Bengals are finally back
The Cincinnati Bengals won their first playoff match in 31 years last week, as Joe Burrow & Co. defeated the Las Vegas Raiders (26-19). Burrow had an average match by his recent standards, as he only completed 24 out of 34 passes, for 244 yards. He still registered two passing touchdowns, and in all fairness, he didn’t have to play any better for his team to win.
Joe Mixon rushed 17 times for 48 yards, while the Bengals star receiving core shined once again. Ja’Marr Chase had an impressive postseason debut with nine catches for 116 receiving yards, while C.J. Uzomah put his name on the board with one touchdown and six catches for 64 yards. Cincinnati’s offense remains their main asset, but their defense also put up a good performance against the Raiders, as they limited Las Vegas to 19 points. They will be missing some pieces in their defense this week, but they should still weather the storm against Tennessee’s hit-and-miss offense.
Defenses to keep it down
The Tennessee Titans managed to win the AFC this year, despite being short-handed for more than half a season. Their impressive results are mostly due to Mike Vrabel’s incredible coaching skills, and their elite defense. The home team comes well rested this week, after receiving a bye-week in the wild card round.
Despite this, I’m not rushing to the window to back this Tennessee team. The Titans might be fully healthy for the first time in quite a while, but Ryan Tannehill’s average season is keeping me away from trusting them in this spot. Their defense is elite, but their offense not so much. Even with Derrick Henry back this week, I don’t think this Titans offense will be explosive.
The unders have been cashing well this NFL postseason so far, so I will back another one for this match. Cincinnati might be a fast-paced team, but I expect the Titans to have an answer for Joe Burrow and his receiving core. On the other hand, I don’t expect the Bengals to have an answer for Derrick Henry, but they don’t have to for our under bet to cash. With Tennessee limiting the Bengals, and Tennessee playing a run-focused offense, I expect this game to go under the total of 47.
NFL playoff pick: Under 47 points