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Top-seeded Tennessee (12-5 SU, 10-7 ATS) enjoyed a bye in the opening round and hopes to have Derrick Henry back in the lineup when it hosts the Bengals (11-7, 11-7). Cincinnati’s 0-7 SU all-time road record in the playoffs might cause some to side with Tennessee in their Bengals vs Titans prediction, but the Titans haven’t won a postseason home game since 2003.

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Bengals vs Titans Odds & Analysis

Opening Odds

Despite finishing as the top seed in the AFC and enjoying a bye last week, the Titans were favored by more than 3 points in just three of their eight home games this season. Oddsmakers continued to not show Tennessee much respect when they opened this line, making the Titans just a field-goal favorite over the visiting Bengals.

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Bengals Should Be Confident

After winning their first playoff game in 31 years last week, the Bengals seek the franchise’s first-ever postseason win on the road. Cincinnati is 0-7 SU all-time as the visitor in the playoffs, but Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and the young Bengals have already shown that they aren’t captives of their history.

Both Burrow and Chase shone in their playoff debuts against Vegas last week. Burrow completed 24 of 34 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, while Chase recorded his sixth 100-yard game of the campaign with a nine-catch, 116-yard effort. Cincinnati’s defense also stepped up to the challenge when the stakes were the highest, holding the Raiders to one touchdown on five red-zone trips.

Make sure to take Cincy’s defensive injuries into account this week when making your Bengals vs Titans prediction. The Bengals lost two of their top defensive linemen to injury against the Raiders, as Larry Ogunjobi sustained a season-ending foot injury while edge rusher Trey Hendrickson suffered a concussion.

Rested Titans Hope To Have Henry Back For First Time Since October

Many thought the Titans’ playoff hopes were cooked when Henry suffered a broken foot at the end of October, but Tennessee won six of its final nine games without him to secure the top seed in the AFC. Now, their superstar back might return to bolster a running attack that still ranked fifth in the NFL without him for half the year.

Henry came off injured reserve earlier this month and is practicing this week with the team, so it’s likely he’ll suit up against the Bengals. Even if he doesn’t, coach Mike Vrabel told reporters he plans to run the ball early and often with D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard, who combined to average more than 20 carries per game in Tennessee’s final nine contests.

Home field has been a big advantage for the Titans lately, especially defensively. Tennessee has won seven of its last eight at Nissan Stadium and gone UNDER the total in eight of its last 10 in Nashville. However, the Titans haven’t won a playoff game at their current home since 2003.

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Bengals: Keys To Cover

The ground game will go a long way toward an accurate Bengals vs Titans prediction, and Cincinnati’s run defense matches up very nicely against Tennessee’s power running attack. The Bengals were fifth in the NFL this season against the run, allowing just 102.5 yards per game.

Titans: Keys To Cover

As much attention as Henry’s possible return will receive, Ryan Tannehill and the passing game could be key to making Tennessee the right Bengals vs Titans prediction this week. Cincinnati has struggled to stop the pass all year and will likely load the box to stop the run, making the Bengals secondary even more vulnerable to big plays through the air.

Odds Shark’s Computer Bengals vs Titans Prediction: Titans -3.5

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  • Cincinnati is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games.
  • The UNDER is 8-2 in Tennessee’s last 10 home games.
  • Cincinnati is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games vs Tennessee.

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