Who would have guessed that the Cincinnati Bengals or Tennessee Titans would be playing for the AFC championship when this NFL season began? The winner of Saturday’s Divisional Round game will be, and the top-seeded Titans would host the AFC title tilt vs. either Buffalo or Kansas City with a victory.
These teams didn’t play this season but did Week 8 last season in Cincinnati and the Bengals won 31-20. Joe Burrow went 26 of 37 for 249 yards and two touchdowns and he clinched the win with a throw to wide receiver Auden Tate on third-and-six from his 32 with 2:08 left. The Bengals had 367 yards and kept the ball with nearly 36 minutes of possession. The Titans allowed the Bengals to convert on 10 of 14 tries. Ryan Tannehill completed 18 of 30 passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Derrick Henry ran 18 times for 112 yards. It was the first time the Titans lost a game in which Henry ran for at least 100 yards. They had won the previous 16, including the postseason.
NitroBetting presents a comprehensive preview of the Bengals vs. Titans game down below. Find event details, team and player stats, the latest NFL betting odds, trends, and predictions.
Bengals vs. Titans Game Information
- When: Saturday, January 22, 2022, 4:30 PM ET
- Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 700 WLW (Bengals) / WGFX 104.5 FM (Titans)
- Live Stream: NFL Network, NFL League Pass
- NFL Odds: Bengals (+3.5) / Titans (-3.5)
Why Bet on the Cincinnati Bengals?
Cincinnati won its first playoff game since following the 1990 season last Saturday, 26-19 over Las Vegas on linebacker Germaine Pratt’s interception at the Bengals 2 with 12 seconds left. Burrow, getting 116 more yards from rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, went 24 of 34 for 244 yards and two touchdowns and, for the fifth straight game, no interceptions.
Losing two of their best pass rushers in the first moments of the second half, the Bengals forced Daniel Carlson’s fourth field goal of the game, a 28-yarder that cut it to 26-19 with 3:34 left. One of those pass-rushers lost was Trey Hendrickson, who led the team with 14 sacks during the regular season and had a strip-sack of Derek Carr vs. the Raiders. He’s in the concussion protocol but should be cleared for this game.
When Hendrickson was on the field Saturday vs. the Raiders, the Bengals had a 43.5 percent pressure rate. When he wasn’t, that number plummeted to just 9.1 percent. The Titans allowed 47 sacks during the regular season, ranking seventh-highest in the league.
However, Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was lost for the season to a foot injury. Ogunjobi, a fifth-year player out of Charlotte, played in 16 games (all starts) during the regular season and had 49 tackles and seven sacks.
Cincinnati has never won a road playoff game in franchise history. Standing between the Bengals and their first AFC title game since 1988 is Titans quarterback Tannehill, a former pupil of Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, and Henry, a two-time NFL rushing champion coming off foot surgery and expected to play for the first time since Halloween.
Henry has been practicing and should be officially activated later this week. Despite not playing in several weeks, Henry still ranks Top 10 in the league in rushing yards (937) and rushing scores (10). Nine games are the most missed by any player to finish a regular season ranked in the Top 10 in rushing yards in NFL history. Tennessee is quite healthy overall not playing last week.
Why Bet on the Tennessee Titans?
The Titans enter the postseason as the top seed in the AFC after finishing 12-5 in the regular season and taking their second consecutive AFC South crown. They tied the Kansas City Chiefs for the conference’s best record but secured the tiebreaker due to their head-to-head victory over the Chiefs on Oct. 24.
Since becoming a starter for the Titans in 2019, Tannehill’s regular-season record is 30-13. He is the franchise’s first starting quarterback since Warren Moon (1987 to 1993) to direct his team to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. During the 2021 regular season, he passed for 3,734 yards and 21 touchdowns, and he added seven rushing touchdowns.
This marks the second all-time postseason meeting between the Titans and Bengals franchises. In 1991, the Bengals defeated the Oilers 41-14 in a wild card contest in Cincinnati.
Bengals vs. Titans Betting Trends
- Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog.
- The total went under in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games.
- Titans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Titans are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- The total went under in 4 of Tennessee’s last 5 games.
Bengals vs. Titans Expert Betting Predictions
NFL Divisional Round Pick: Titans 23, Bengals 20
Check out our latest sports betting guides for the 2022 NFL Regular Season. Stay tuned for more Football previews and articles and don’t forget to check out the latest football betting odds at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.