Cincinnati Bengals (3-5 SU, 3-5-0 PS, 3-5-0 O/U) vs Tennessee Titans (5-3 SU, 3-4-1 PS, 5-3-0 O/U)
When: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, November 12, 2017
Where: Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tennessee
Lines: Tennessee -5
Today on the NFL gridiron, the AFC North will square off with the AFC South as the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Nissan Stadium in Nashville Tennessee to rumble with the Tennessee Titans. The Bengals come in off a 23-7 loss at Jacksonville, while the Titans are off a 23-20 home win over the Ravens. These teams met in Cincinnati back in 2014 and the Bengals won that game 33-7.
Bengals Can’t Solve The Jags’ Defense
The Cincinnati Bengals have some nice offensive pieces, including Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and rookie RB Joe Mixon, but that offense just hasn’t been able to find its footing this year and is now one of the worst offenses in the league. They come into this game off a 23-7 loss to the Jaguars on the road and were able to muster just 148 yards of total offense in that game, including just 119 through the air. Andy Dalton hit just 10 of 18 passes for 136 yards in the game, while Joe Mixon ran for just 31 yards and was the only player on the team that ran for plus yards in the game. For the year, Dalton has hit 62.7% of his passes for 1739 yards with 11 TDs and eight INTs, while posting a QBR of 86.5, which is 20th in the league. They really need him to get his act going or this will continue to be a long year for the Bengals. If the offense comes around, then they have a shot at getting back in the race as their defense has been really good so far, despite the fact that they allowed 408 yards to the Jags. The pass defense has been strong, but they have struggled against the run and that could be a problem against a solid ground attack of the Titans.
Cincinnati has been poor on offense so far this year as they come in ranked 32nd in the league in total offense (269.8 ypg), 28th in passing (197.5 ypg), 32nd in rushing (72.2 ypg) and 28th in scoring at 16.1 ppg. On defense, they have been very solid as they come in ranked 6th in total yards allowed (309.0 ypg), 5th against the pass (192.6 ypg) and 20th vs the run (116.4 ypg), while allowing 19.8 ppg, which is 11th in the league.
Titans Win A Close One Against The Ravens
With the Houston Texans hurting at QB and fading, it looks as if it will be a two-team race in the AFC South between the Titans and Jaguars. The Titans were picked by many to win the division at the beginning of the year, but no one saw the Jags coming. The teams are now tied atop the South at 5-3 and the Titans already beat the jags on the road this year. Tennessee’s low point was a 57-14 loss at Houston and they then followed that up with a 16-10 loss at Miami, but since then they have reeled off three straight wins, including beating the Ravens at home by a score of 23-20 last week. Marcus Mariota had a rather average game as he hit 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards with two TDs and an INT. He has now hit 63.2% of his passes for 1519 yards with six TDs and five INTs. HIs QBR of 85.4 is 24th in the league. DeMarco Murray is the team’s leading rusher with 391, but he had just 19 yards in the win over Baltimore. Derrick Henry had 26 yards rushing and a TD. The defense for the Titans has been rather average this year and while they did play well against the run vs Baltimore, they struggled against the pass. Still, they will not be taking on a very good offense in this one.
The Titans have been below average on offense so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in total offense (317.8 ypg), 27th in passing (199.9 ypg), 10th in rushing (117.9 ypg) and 12th in scoring at 22.6 ppg. On defense, they have been very average as they come in ranked 17th in total yards allowed (330.9 ypg), 19th against the pass (234.1 ypg) and 10th vs the run (96.8 ypg), while allowing 24.1 ppg, which is 22nd in the league.
- 3-9-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven vs. the AFC
- 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight home games
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game
The Bengals are a bad team, while the Titans have been rather mediocre for the most part this year. They come in off a 23-20 home win over the Ravens they played well in that game, but they did allow 268 yards passing in the game. Still, their defense has not been that bad this year and the Bengals have one of the worst offenses in the league. I feel the Tennessee Defense will keep the Bengals’ pathetic attack in check. The Tennessee offense likes to run the ball and they are 10th in the league in rushing and will be facing a Cincinnati team that is 20th against the runs. I look for them to get their ground game going, which will open plenty of throwing lanes for Mariota. The Titans offense will have a better showing than the Bengal offense as they take this one by at least a TD.
Pick: Tennessee -5
The Bengals can’t score a lick right now, but they are not taking on a great defense in this one. The Titans are not a great offensive team and the Bengals have been solid on the defensive side of the ball. This one does not figure to be a high scoring game, especially with a Bengals offense that is one of the worst in the league, having averaged just 16.1 ppg on the year. The Titans are not a great offensive team and they do run the ball a lot, which will take time, plus they will be taking on a Bengals’ defense that is 6th in yards allowed and 11th in points allowed, giving up just 19.8 ppg. I will call for a 20-13 Tennessee win in this one.