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Week 8 Preview: Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals

Previewing the match-up between the Tennessee Titans visiting the Cincinnati Bengals, focusing on key injuries and game notes.



NE @ BUF | LV @ CLE | LAC @ DEN | NO @ CHI | SF @ SEA | DAL @ PHI | TB @ NYG

Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnsti Bengals
When: 11/1 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Bengals +5.5
Over/Under: 53
Moneyline: Titans -235 | Bengals +200

Titans Key Injuries: A.J. Brown, WR, Knee (Q), Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, Knee (Q), Dennis Kelly, T, Knee (Q), Johnathan Joseph, CB, Illness (Q), Kristian Fulton, CB, Knee (Q), Taylor Lewan, T, ACL (IR)
Bengals Key Injuries: John Ross III, WR, Illness (Q), Bobby Hart, T, Knee (O), Joe Mixon, RB, Knee (Q), Jonah Williams, T, Neck (Q), Trey Hopkins, C, Concussions (Q), Sam Hubbard, DE, Elbow (IR), Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, Ankle (IR), D.J. Reader, NT, Quadriceps (IR), C.J. Uzomah, TE, Achilles (IR), Trae Waynes, CB, Pectoral (IR)

NOTES: The Tennessee Titans have been off to a strong start to the season despite a three-point loss to the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Nonetheless, this team still holds a 5-1 record with a key win over the Buffalo Bills. Ryan Tannehill has been a beast, leading the league in total comebacks and is third in pass interception percent at only one percent. His number one receiver, A.J. Brown, had a huge game last week, totaling six catches for 153 yards and a touchdown against one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Derrick Henry has been one of the best running backs in the NFL, currently leading the league in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, and rushing touchdowns. However, the defense does need to step up despite the level of talent it has. They are one of the near bottom teams when it comes to total yards allowed per game and allowed rushing yards per game. However, this defense should be able to get the job done against a rookie quarterback and a poor offensive line.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been on a roller coaster ride of a season. Unfortunately this past week, they came out with the short stick against the Cleveland Browns in what was a shootout game. This team now currently stands with a 1-5-1 record and not much to show for it. Joe Burrow has done a nice job with nine touchdowns and five interceptions and a 66.6 completion percentage. However, he has been one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL. Rookie Tee Higgins has emerged to be a solid option this season so far. He has led the team in receiving yards in two of the past three games. Tyler Boyd was the receiver who led in receiving yards last week against Cleveland. The two will make a great duo for Burrow in the future. But, with a subpar defense and a poor offensive line, this week’s match-up with the 5-1 Tennessee Titans will be quite an uphill battle for Burrow and company.

Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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