Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans – NFL Week 12 Game Preview

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The Cincinnati Bengals are set to travel to Nissan Stadium to take on the Tennessee Titans in a week 12 matchup. The Bengals come into the game with a record of 6-4 and currently sit only one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. On the flip side, the Titans enter the contest with a record of 7-3 and hold a very commanding three game lead for first place in the AFC South. While this may seem like more of a must win for the Bengals, the Titans will be looking to get the Bengals back for knocking them out of the playoffs last season. With these being two teams that are well on their way to the postseason this year, this may shape up to be one of the best games of the 1:00 PM slate of games this Sunday. 

Cincinnati Bengals Hope to Make Up Ground In the AFC North Divisional Race

As previously mentioned, the Cincinnati Bengals sit only one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North. Although the Bengals will likely still land a wildcard spot if they do not win their division, as the reigning AFC champions, they will be looking to once again win the AFC North. This week, they will once again be without Jamar Chase who is still sidelined with an injury. Although the loss of Chase greatly hurts the Bengals, the rest of the Bengals’ wide receiving core has done an incredible job of stepping up and filling the massive hole left in the offense without Chase. The Bengals are also looking a bit weak in the secondary this week. This could be very concerning, however, Cincinnati’s offense has still faired well without Chase up to this point, and despite his great passing performance last week, it is highly doubtful that Ryan Tannehill has what it takes to carry the Titans to a victory over a team like the Bengals. As long as Cincinnati can slow down Derrick Henry in the rushing attack, or force the Titans to pass, history may repeat itself with another big win for the Bengals. 

Tennessee Titans Look to Avenge Their 2021 Playoff Loss

Despite the Titans holding a commanding divisional lead, they are still very hungry to get another win this week. If they are able to knock of the Bengals, the Titians will have a three game winning streak, and will be well on their way to seeing the postseason. They will have a tall task in front of them this week against the Bengals. Even without Chase on the field, they are still a very dangerous team, and if Tennessee’s defense does not show up to play, the Titans could quickly find themselves in a spot where they are forced to pass rather than running the offense through Derrick Henry as they would like. If the Titans can get some pressure on Joe Burrow and slow down the passing attack, the Titans may be able to get their revenge for last year’s playoff defeat.