The Tennessee Titans are in Cincinnati for a showdown with the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. While this game is being played in Ohio, it won’t have the same weather conditions as the Raiders and Browns will have in Cleveland. It should still be windy with sustained winds around the 20 mph mark.
Not as windy as in Cleveland, but the wind should come into play, especially in the kicking game for this contest. And we all know how shaky the kicking game has been for the Titans under perfect conditions. Stephen Gostkowski has not been playing like the same reliable kicker from his prime with the Patriots.
The Titans are coming off a really tough loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in Week 7. They had the ingredients to win that game, but were on the opposite side of a tight 27-24 loss. This was a week after they had a come from behind win versus the Houston Texans in Nashville.
Down by a touchdown late after the Texans failed to convert a 2-point conversion to seal the game, the Titans took advantage of the opening. They tied the game up, then proceeded to win by a score of 42-36 win. The Titans were provided with a mulligan and they used it to snatch a win away from the Texans.
Tough beat for the Texans and Texans’ backers, who were +3.5 underdogs against the Titans on the road. The Titans are 5-1 on the season and lead the AFC South over the 4-2 Indianapolis Colts. Derrick Henry went off for the Titans versus the Texans for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Ryan Tannehill was in excellent form as well with 366 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air. Deshaun Watson did his best to steal a win on the road, but was denied despite passing for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns. Joe Burrow is likely going to need a similar big game to keep the Titans within reach on Sunday afternoon. Head below for our free Titans vs. Bengals prediction for November 1, 2020.
Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 8 Betting Odds:
Titans vs. Bengals Prediction:
The Cincinnati Bengals are not going to be a healthy unit going into Sunday. At this point in the season in Week 8, health is a concern for most teams in the NFL. However, the Bengals are going to have several key injuries to their offense up front. Three brand new offensive linemen are expected to start for the Bengals in this one.
Even when they’re healthy, the Bengals were trying to get into a sync on the offensive line, so this might prove to be a problem against the Titans. And the Bengals were making progress, though this is going to throw a wrench into that. During last week’s loss against the Browns, Jonah Williams, Trey Hopkins, and Bobby Hart all suffered serious injuries.
They’ll need replacements for both tackles. Fred Johnson and rookie Hakeem Adeniji will likely get the starting nod on the line. Adeniji was selected in the sixth round out of Kansas. The Bengals like what they have with Adeniji, but just after this unit’s chemistry was really coming together, this happens and the Bengals are down three starters on the offensive line. The public won’t care much about offensive line injuries, but it’s certainly important and worth nothing.
Along with the injuries to the offensive line, the Bengals will be without running back Joe Mixon. In the absence of Mixon, the Bengals will give Gio Bernard the starting nod in the backfield. I like what the Bengals are doing at wide receiver for Burrow in this game, but with their offensive line situation dicey, and Burrow having to work this game with no Mixon, a lot more is going to be asked of him. For a rookie, the Bengals feel really good about his progress. Burrow has connected for 66.55% completions with 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Again, the wind isn’t going to be as much of an issue as in Cleveland today, but it could certainly come into play. If I want any running back on my side in a windy game, I’d have to pick Derrick Henry. Henry has been a tank once again for the Titans this season. He has gained 663 yards for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. Henry has rumbled for 7 touchdowns on the ground. The Bengals have struggled on the ground against the run this season, with 133.7 yards conceded per game. They are better than only four teams in the league in that respect.
Expect the play-action over the top of the linebackers to work well for the Titans in this one. Ryan Tannehill has been efficient with 15 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 68.47% completions. Henry pounding the ball against a bad Cincinnati defense should allow Tannehill to connect across the middle of the field. Look for the Bengals to keep this game throughout, with the Titans pulling away in the fourth for a 10-14 point win on the road at Paul Brown Stadium.