The Cincinnati Bengals came up with a much-needed win on Monday night, and now will try to get even on the season while visiting the Tennessee Titans. Check out the odds and prediction for Sunday’s matchup.
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Bengals vs. Titans Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Bengals -2.5
- Moneyline: Bengals (-130); Titans (+110)
- Over/Under: 41.5
- Game time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Nissan Stadium
- Channel: FOX
Bengals vs. Titans Prediction
After some inconsistent performances early on this season, one of the two teams in the Bengals-Titans matchup is going to come away with a .500 record, while the other one will be forced to climb out of a 1-3 hole.
Cincinnati’s defense looked impressive Monday, holding the Los Angeles Rams under 300 yards of total offense (292), forcing two Los Angeles turnovers and not allowing a touchdown until the Rams scored with just over a minute to play.
And now that defense gets to face a Titans team that is coming off one of its worst offensive performances in franchise history. Not only did Tennessee score just three points against the Cleveland Browns, but the Titans also finished with only 94 yards, just the fifth time in franchise history they failed to gain 100 yards of offense.
Needless to say, Tennessee has issues all over the place offensively. Ryan Tannehill ranks 30th out of 34 qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating (67.7). Derrick Henry rushed for just 20 yards on 11 carries, the second-fewest rushing yards he’s ever had in a game in which had had at least 10 carries.
Further, their much-publicized acquisition, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, is averaging a little more than 50 receiving yards a game and is still looking for his first TD reception in a Titans uniform.
Cincinnati’s defense, which allowed over 200 rushing yards to the Browns in Week 1, has been improving each week. Against the Rams, they allowed just 71 rushing yards. Yes, there is a big difference between the running backs on Los Angeles’ roster and Henry. Still, it’s clear the Bengals are heading into this matchup as ready as they’ll ever be for Henry.
Offensively for the Bengals, Joe Burrow showed some grit, playing while clearly less than 100%. He did a solid job finding his favorite receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, who finished with 12 catches for 141 yards.
So, the big question to ask is, which Week 3 performance best represented their respective team? In other words, is the Cincinnati defense as good as it showed, and could the Titans’ offense really be this bad?
The Bengals, who were one of the best teams in the NFL vs. the spread last season (13-6 ATS), are still looking for their first win vs. the spread this season (0-2-1 ATS).
While I do not think the Titans are this bad at moving the football, I do think Cincinnati is the better team here. And when the better team is giving up less than a field goal, I say take the favorite.
Best Bet: Bengals -2.5 (-112 at DraftKings SportsBook)