Preview: Tennessee at Cincinnati

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio



With a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense led by a resurgent quarterback, the Cincinnati Bengals have established themselves as one of the top teams in the NFL. The Bengals seek to extend their home winning streak to a record 11 straight games and start a season 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It could be a long afternoon for the Titans and mercurial quarterback Jake Locker after they managed just 68 yards in the first half against a Dallas defense that surrendered 415 yards a game in 2013. 

The Titans will provide Andy Dalton and the Bengals a stern test through the air, having allowed a league-low 163 passing yards through two games. Dalton could be without his top weapon, wide receiver A.J. Green, who left early last week with a toe injury. "If it's feeling good, then I'm going to go," Green said after practice Wednesday. "If it's not, then we'll go from there."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bengals -7. O/U: 43

ABOUT THE TITANS (1-1): Tennessee, which is second in the NFL with eight sacks, has shown a formidable pass rush since switching to the 3-4. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes to bring defensive backs on the blitz, but beware, Dalton burned the Falcons' blitz last week with a 74-yard TD to Mohamed Sanu. Dalton was 6-of-9 against extra pass rushers on the game. Fans in Nashville are getting impatient with Locker, who couldn't convert any of his third downs passing against Dallas in the first half, leading to a big deficit and just 19 minutes of possession time for the game.

ABOUT THE BENGALS (2-0): A slimmer Dalton is completing 66 percent of his passes for 553 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but even more impressive is no sacks or turnovers in wins against Baltimore and Atlanta. Giovani Bernard, who had a career-high 169 yards from scrimmage last week, is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. The Bengals will look to get him going against a defense that was slashed for 220 yards and a 5.1 average by the Cowboys last week. Led by linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, the defense is yielding a league-low 5.43 yards per pass play and has stymied both Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, but there is concern over linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was diagnosed with a concussion in each game this season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Bengals lead the AFC with 426 total yards per game and a plus-five takeaway margin. 

2. Titans TE Delanie Walker had 10 catches for 140 yards and a 61-yard TD against the Cowboys - the first Titan to reach those marks since Drew Bennett in 2004.

3. The Bengals won a franchise-high 10 straight games during the 1988-89 season. 

PREDICTION: Bengals 24, Titans 10

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Tennessee 1-1 L1 18.0 18.0 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0
Cincinnati 2-0 W2 23.5 13.0 1-0 1-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 1-0 1-0

Last Meeting

Tennessee Cincinnati
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
8/17/13 TEN 19 CIN 27 412 143 269 429 193 236

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TEN A. Afalava 0.0 0 0 0
CIN K. Adams 0.0 0 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TEN A. Afalava 0 0 0.0 0
CIN K. Adams 0 0 0.0 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TEN A. Afalava 0 0 0.0 0
CIN K. Adams 0 0 0.0 0
TDs Player TD
TEN A. Afalava 0
CIN K. Adams 0
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
TEN J. Locker 59.7 500 3 2
CIN A. Dalton 65.6 553 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
TEN S. Greene 20 111 5.6 0
CIN G. Bernard 41 138 3.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TEN D. Walker 13 179 13.8 2
CIN G. Bernard 11 141 12.8 0
TDs Player TD
TEN D. Walker 2
CIN G. Bernard 1

Quickchart Matchup

Tennessee Off vs  Cincinnati Def
359.5 yards
366 yards
4.8 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
7.1 yards/attempt
5.1 yards/attempt
Cincinnati Off vs  Tennessee Def
426 yards
306.5 yards
3.5 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
9.7 yards/attempt
5.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-6.5
-110
43.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-7
-110
43
Sportsbook
-110
-7
-110
43
5Dimes.eu
-105
-7
-110
42.5
GTBets.eu
-115
-6.5
-110
42.5
Top Bet
-105
-7
-110
43.5
BetOnline.ag
-115
-6.5
-110
42.5
BetDSI
-115
-6.5
-110
43
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-6.5
OFF
BookMaker.eu
-115
-6.5
-110
43
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-6.5
-110
43
Mirage
-110
-7
-110
43
Station
-110
-7
-110
43.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tennessee Overall Cincinnati
1-1 W/L 2-0
1-1-0 ATS 2-0-0
0-2-0 O/U 0-2-0
18.0 Pts For 23.5
18.0 Pts Against 13.0
Tennessee A/H Cincinnati
1-0 W/L 1-0
1-0-0 ATS 1-0-0
0-1-0 O/U 0-1-0
26.0 Pts For 24.0
10.0 Pts Against 10.0