Bengals vs. Titans Point Spread: NFL Divisional Playoffs Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 18, 2022

The first game of the NFL’s Divisional Round weekend features the Cincinnati Bengals at the AFC top-seeded Tennessee Titans.

Cincinnati
10-7
AT
January 22, 2022, 4:30 PM ET
Nissan Stadium
Tennessee
12-5
Pointspread +4 -110
Moneyline +165
Over / Under o +48.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

Pointspread -4 -110
Moneyline -198
Over / Under u +48.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

The Titans opened as 3-point favourites on the NFL odds with a total of 47.

NFL Playoff Point Spread and Betting Analysis

I promise you that the Titans are thrilled the Baltimore Ravens aren’t in the AFC playoffs this season. Why? The previous two times the Titans had the conference’s top seed, in the 2000 and 2008 seasons, they lost in the Divisional Round against Baltimore. While Tennessee would obviously host the AFC title game if it wins here, the Titans are only +323 third-favourites in the conference behind the Bills (+231) and Chiefs (+173), who meet Sunday in Kansas City. If Cincinnati wins this game, it would visit the Bills-Chiefs winner.

The Bengals and Titans didn’t play this season. They did Week 8 of the 2020 season in Cincinnati and the Bengals won 31-20. Joe Burrow threw for 249 yards and two scores and the Bengals rushed for 118 yards and two scores even though top running back Joe Mixon was out. Ryan Tannehill threw for 223 yards, two TDs and a pick, and Derrick Henry rushed for 112 yards and a score.

Cincinnati is 4-0 against the spread in the past five meetings.

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati closed as a 6-point home favourite in the Divisional Round and beat the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 to win their first playoff game since following the 1990 season. Germaine Pratt sealed it with a fourth-down interception in the dying seconds. Joe Burrow threw for 244 yards and two scores and didn’t turn it over. Rookie sensation Ja’Marr Chase caught nine passes for 116 yards. Evan McPherson became the first rookie to make four field goals without a miss in a postseason debut.

The news was not all good as starting defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi suffered a season-ending foot injury. Before he was injured, Ogunjobi recovered a fumble by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that set up a field goal. In addition, the team’s best pass-rusher, Trey Hendrickson, suffered a concussion and is in the protocol. Hendrickson had 14 sacks during the season and a strip-sack of Carr that Ogunjobi recovered. The Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their past five games.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans should be about as healthy as possible with last week off and will get back superstar running back Derrick Henry. He suffered a foot injury on Halloween and still finished ninth in the NFL with 937 yards rushing and tied for sixth with 10 rushing scores despite sitting out since. The Bengals were very good against the run during the regular season, allowing 102.5 ypg. Henry had a monster post-season following the 2019 campaign with 446 yards and two scores in three games but was quiet in last post-season’s opening loss to the Ravens.

Looking for an X-factor on the Titans’ offence? Tight end Anthony Firkser had just 14 catches in the team’s first 10 games but seven combined and two scores in the past two. The Titans are 6-2 ATS in their past eight at home.

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