Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans Odds: Take Tennessee Over Cincy In NFL Playoffs

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Joe Burrow and the Bengals are betting underdogs against the Titans in the NFL Playoffs (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
CIN Bengals vs TEN Titans Odds NFL Odds

NFL · Sat (1/22) @ 4:32pm ET

CIN Bengals at TEN Titans
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The Tennessee Titans are one of four home teams all favored to win entering the NFL divisional round of the playoffs. This marks the fourth straight year that all road teams are pegged as underdogs. Home teams went 5-1 ATS in last week’s NFL wildcard round.

SuperBook USA opened with Titans -3, and the number rose to -3.5 across the industry as of Wednesday morning. DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM were among the shops dealing Tennessee -3.5.

Cincinnati Bengals (11-7, 11-7 ATS) at Tennessee Titans (12-5, 10-7 ATS)

Time: 4:30 p.m. EST

Line: Titans -3.5 (47.5)

The skinny: Tennessee comes off its bye week by playing host to Cincinnati, which beat Las Vegas last week for its first playoff win in 31 years.

Facts: Titans RB Derrick Henry, the league rushing champ in 2019 and 2020, likely will make his return to the lineup after breaking a foot in Week 8. Henry, who missed the rest of the regular season, participated in practice drills on Tuesday.

The Bengals’ Joe Burrow was the only one of five first-time playoff QB starters to win last Saturday, and it came against another first-time starter, Las Vegas’  Derek Carr. Burrow will again be looking for his favorite wide receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, who averaged 18 yards on 81 catches this season.

Anything can happen: Both teams were losers to the Jets (4-13) in the Meadowlands this season, Tennessee as a 5.5-point choice in Week 4, 27-24, and the Bengals by 34-31 as an 11.5-point choice four weeks later. That was the only time the past four seasons Cincinnati has been a double-digit pick.

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Analysis: The Bengals’ already-thin defensive line took a beating last week when pass-rusher supreme Trey Hendrickson (team-high 14 sacks) suffered a concussion and Larry Ogunjobi (seven sacks) was put on IR.  They combined for half of Cincinnati’s sacks in the regular season.

Their absences last week helped contribute to the Raiders having three straight drives of 11-plus plays in the second half and getting four first downs apiece in their comeback attempt. That ended with an INT at the Cincinnati 9 in the closing seconds. That’s not going to be the recipe for stopping Henry, although he’s not likely to get his full plate of nearly 30 carries here if he is allowed to play. But then again, the Titans did OK on the ground without him, too. While Henry’s norm was 4.3 a carry, the other rushers had a 4.4 average.

A key for Tennessee is QB Ryan Tannehill not pitching INTs in enemy territory. He has eight such throws this season, the most among remaining QBs. Also, the Titans had better keep a close eye on Chase.

Bengals at Titans Pick

Titans 27, Bengals 17

Last week: 3-3 ATS, 4-2 SU

Season total: 128-134-3 (.489) ATS, 163-101-1 (.617) SU

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