The Cincinnati Bengals head south to Tennessee, where they’ll look to find some confidence in Nashville. The Bengals’ season been one filled with some ups, and a lot more downs. They hit a low last week, as the Jacksonville Jaguars made easy work of the Bengals with a 29-7 victory. The Jags are a weird team, they either win big or lose. There isn’t much in between with them.
They are certainly not the easiest team to get a read on, but I will say their defense is legit. If only they had a more consistent quarterback under center. The Bengals don’t know what they’re doing at quarterback a lot of times, too. AJ McCarron feels like he should have gotten a chance to start by now, and is filing a grievance against the Bengals.
McCarron wants to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018 and after the trade debacle with the Browns, he’s not sitting back and letting the Bengals play around. McCarron wants to have the chance to play on the field, and given how Andy Dalton has performed, he should probably be given a game.
Dalton has thrown 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, with a 86.5 QB rating. I don’t know if McCarron would do much better here, but it’s worth a shot, because Dalton isn’t leading the team anywhere. It all comes down to money. The Bengals handed Dalton a nice little contract, and they don’t want to have that money going to a clipboard holder. Now that McCarron has filed a grievance against his own team, his chances of seeing the field have probably gotten slimmer.
The Titans earned a 23-20 win over the Ravens last week. Depending on what line you got, you either pushed on the Titans or lost on 3.5. It was 3 for most of Sunday, so I assume most got a push. I posted a pick at Titans -3.5 so I chalk it up as a loss on my side. It came down to a 3rd down and the Ravens converted deep in Titans’ territory. The Titans welcome another AFC foe to Nashville this week. Get our free Bengals vs. Titans pick below.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds:
vs. Titans -4.5(-110)
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Bengals vs. Titans Pick:
It’s going to take one heck of a bad stretch for Dalton to get benched. The offense needs a jolt, though, and he hasn’t been providing it. The Bengals are averaging just 16.1 points per game, 28th in the NFL. In defense of Dalton, the Bengals have zero running game.
They hope rookie Joe Mixon improves this offseason, but as it is now, their ground game is an embarrassment. They are averaging only 72.2 yards per game in that regard. Some college offenses who barely run the ball run for more yards than that. Bad offensive line and no running game more times than not will impact the quarterback as well.
For the kind of money Dalton is getting, and with A.J. Green at his disposal, should he still be putting up decent numbers? I’d say so. Matthew Stafford hasn’t had a running back since Reggie Bush and he’s doing just fine. Green was recently fined for punching Jaguar Jalen Ramsey. We see it all the time, I don’t get what punching a guy with his helmet on is supposed to do, but it gets the message across, I guess.
The Bengals are last at running the ball, and aren’t much better in the passing game, either. Dalton is passing for 197.5 yards per game, which puts them at 28th in the NFL. The Titans have been difficult to run it on, as they’re allowing just 96.8 yards for 10th in the NFL.
Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ offense haven’t put their foot on the pedal thus far, but I have no faith in the Cincinnati offense in Nashville. They seem frustrated and defeated. A.J. Green starting a fight last week certainly didn’t do anything to make us think otherwise. A 27-17 win for the Titans looks like it should be in the cards on Sunday.
PICK: TITANS -4.5 (-110)