2022 NFL Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans AFC Divisional Round Betting Odds, Preview, and Picks
The Cincinnati Bengals have finally broken their lengthy winless playoff drought and are playing better than expected in the second year of the Joe Burrow era. They’re now set to face the top-seeded Tennessee Titans, who are also having an impressive campaign considering their team’s health issues throughout the 2021 regular season. Will Cincinnati’s Cinderella run keep rolling, or will Tennessee rach the AFC Championship Game for the second time in three years?
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2022 NFL Playoffs: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans AFC Divisional Round preview and odds
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
When: Saturday, December 22, 2022, 4:30 PM ET
Odds: Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) at Tennessee Titans (-3.5); total: 47.0
Where to Watch: CBS
What to know about the Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans betting odds for Cincinnati: +3.5
For the first time in 31 years, the Cincinnati Bengals won a playoff game. They defeated the Las Vegas Raiders in last Saturday’s AFC Wild Card Game, 26-19, with former Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow looking like a playoff veteran already in just his second year in the NFL.
Burrow completed 24 of 34 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, as he continued his steady connection with his former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase. The rookie wideout hauled in nine of 12 targets for 116 receiving yards (both team-highs), while tight end C.J. Uzomah also had a breakout performance with six catches for 64 yards and a score.
What’s quite concerning, on the other hand, is that Cincy’s defense hasn’t been up to par of late. The Bengals nearly squandered a sizeable 14-point lead in before halftime and needed a strong defensive stand with the Raiders having one last drive to possibly tie the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Four of Cincinnati’s last six games were decided by four points or less, with the team going just 2-2 in those contests.
What to know about the Tennessee Titans
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans betting odds for Tennessee: -3.5
The first-round bye could not have come at a more opportune moment for the Tennessee Titans, who needed all the time they could get to gear up for another solid postseason push.
Tennessee hung on to a 28-25 victory over the lowly Houston Texans in the final week of the regular season to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC, with the team going 4-1 over its last five outings. Ryan Tannehill lit up the Texans to the tune of 287 passing yards and four touchdowns, and the former NFL Comeback Player of the Year will receive plenty of help just in time for his fifth postseason start as a Titan.
Stud running back Derrick Henry is expected to return from a serious foot injury that he suffered in Week 8. Henry, who’s the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was on pace for another 2,000-yard rushing season before getting hurt and should provide another angle of attack for a Titans team that ranked 17th in offensive yardage (342.5 YPG) and 15th in points scored (24.6 PPG) during the regular season.
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans betting trends
- Cincinnati is 5-2 in its last seven road games (6-1 ATS). The team also has identical records of 5-2 straight-up and 6-1 against the spread in its last seven meetings against the Titans since 2005.
- Tennessee is 7-1 in its last eight home games (6-2 ATS). The point total went under in six of these eight homestands.
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What’s your Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans Divisional Round prediction?
Although the return of Henry is extremely promising for Tennesee’s chances of advancing to the next round, there’s still the concern that the Titans’ defense may not be able to contain Burrow and the rising Bengals. In turn, this AFC Divisional Round showdown can pretty much be decided with a coin flip. That’s what the current odds would also imply as Cincy is only a slight underdog in this contest going up against the conference’s top seed.
*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.