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Bengals vs Titans Game Preview

Suddenly the Cincinnati Bengals are a serious playoff threat and good investment for bettors as the Week 9 NFL odds come out.

The Bengals come off an impressive road victory and open as small underdogs at Tennessee, a team with a brewing controversy at running back where Javon Ringer has outplayed superstar Chris Johnson. Of note, the teams have played 6 straight OVERs at Tennessee.

However, many of the trends seem to point to a Cincy cover here. The Bengals are 5-0 ATS their past 5 road games and they have packed a nasty bite as an underdog, going 6-1 ATS in seven recent games. The young Cincinnati team is worth a look here and we expect the spread to move during the week.

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View Cincinnati vs Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Titans in this one will find them as 3-point favorites , while the total sits at 40.5. The best Titans line as well as the best UNDER number were both at BetOnline late Saturday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 30-rated Titans and the No. 11-rated Bengals in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 27-20 win for the Bengals on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 19.9 PPG, against a Bengals defense that ranks No. 4 this week at 17.6 PPG. The Titans aerial game is averaging 238.9 yards per game, more than the Bengals secondary allows through the air, 212 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Bengals own the league's No. 5-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 92.8 yards per game when on the road. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 32 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Cincinnati won its last outing, a 34-12 result against the Seahawks on October 30. The Bengals covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 46 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 27-10 winner as they battled the Colts at home. The Titans covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 37 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Titans were Week 8 winners, coming out on top of the Colts by a score of 27-10.

Cincinnati Bengals Trends:
When playing in November are 3-7
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 5-5

Tennessee Titans Trends:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 5-5

A few Bengals at Titans trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tennessee
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cincinnati's last 7 games
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tennessee is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Tennessee is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, November 13
Tennessee at Carolina, Sunday, November 13