Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans Odds, Trends, Predictions 11/27/22
Cincinnati Bengals (6-4 SU, 7-3 ATS) vs. Tennessee Titans (7-3 SU, 8-2 ATS)
Week 12 NFL
Date/Time: Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 1PM EST
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Point Spread: CIN -2/TEN +2 (BetNow – Use bonus code PREDICTEM and they’ll give you a 100% real cash bonus up to $500!)
Over/Under Total: 42.5
The Cincinnati Bengals come to Nashville for a big week 12 AFC showdown with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Bengals are coming off a 37-30 win over the Steelers on Sunday, following the bye to get their second straight win. With four wins in their last five, the defending conference champions are now one game behind Baltimore in the AFC North at 6-4, looking to keep the positive momentum going in Nashville. It won’t be easy with an 8-2 Titans squad, looking to once again notch the top seed in the conference. Last week’s Thursday Night Football win over the Packers, 27-17, was their 8th win in a row after an 0-2 start to the season. Let’s break this down!
Why the Titans are so Dangerous
With eight straight wins, combined with their top seed from last season, the Titans still elicit a strange perception where the bulk of people look at them as some sort of darkhorse. There is a quiet way in which they go about winning that defies what we’ve come to expect from so-called really good teams. With Ryan Tannehill, they don’t really have a star QB. The receiver pool is pretty thin. They don’t get much from the tight end position. They have a great back in Derrick Henry, but there are still a gaggle of teams that get more overall rushing production than the Titans. And on defense, they just might be the most-porous secondary in the conference.
Still, if you’re only going to have one viable weapon on offense, Henry would be one of your top choices. He can really take over a game and is hard to stop inside the five. While their stats might not stand out in an overall sense, they do what they need to do to get through these games. A composite view doesn’t really do justice. They take it a game at a time and for the last eight of them, no one has been able to beat them. They are really tough up-front on defense and we might see the Cincinnati run-game and back Joe Mixon (questionable) struggle to make headway this week. They’re very well-coached, with Mike Vrabel and his staff dialing up all the right answers in games and during preparation.
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Possible Edges for the Bengals This Week
After a rough start to the season that almost suggested a hangover from 2021, Cincinnati is seeing better results, while still having some of those same shortcomings that led to such slow start. While that O-line isn’t really playing that well, they’re not the laughingstock unit they were in the first month of the season. It’s been promising to see the Bengals win two straight without top receiver Ja’Marr Chase. They are looking to get him back on the field this week and even if he’s limited, the overall strength of the Cincy aerial attack is something that could be tough on a Tennessee secondary that while being capable of making big plays, isn’t altogether rigid. In addition, the Bengals have work to do at 6-4 and having latched onto some recent success, it won’t be easy to dissuade them this week, especially with a “D” that is banged up.
With some better games from Joe Burrow in recent weeks, we’re starting to see some more regular pop from this Bengals offense, with 79 points scoring in their last two games. Now with Chase presumably coming back, it something that can be a real problem. And they’re also the type of offense that can get the quick jump on an opponent. For all of Tennessee’s assets, playing from behind with that desultory aerial attack doesn’t bode well. The Bengals might be looking to start quickly and they have the horses to do it. They have Mixon coming out of the backfield, a trio of talented receivers who have all had big games this season, and then guys like Samaje Perine who come out of nowhere and score three touchdowns, as he did last week, something that could really help if Mixon is out or limited.
What Tennessee Will Look to Do on Sunday
When opponents are in a game-script that allows for it, they generally don’t have much trouble running the ball against Cincy, opening the door for a possible big game from Henry. This is a time and place in a season where you can start to see him take over and he’s done it against better defenses than this in the past. And while we’ve seen recent promising sequences of the Bengals’ pass-defense playing better, they’re not all that invulnerable. Tannehill is getting more comfortable under center since returning from injury. Perhaps they can get just enough from Robert Woods, Treylon Burks, or Nick Westbrook-Ikhine to give their offensive effort more teeth this week in a spot where it might be hard keeping up with Cincy. Make no mistake, however, getting production out of this receiver package has been far from easy.
Take the Points
It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the surging Bengals have their offense show up in a big way, with the Titans not really able to keep pace with their narrower offensive scope. In addition, the injuries Tennessee is dealing with on their defense does suggest a possible big day for the Cincinnati playmakers. Again, though, one is coaxed to defer to what Tennessee is doing. With 8 wins, they’re on a bigger surge than the Bengals. They’re at home. They’re getting points. It’s a spot where Henry can do damage. If they can get some answers on defense in the form of some big plays, I see Tennessee being able to hang right in there with Cincinnati at home. I’ll take the Titans and the points.
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