The Cincinnati Bengals are going to win five straight games when they head to Tennessee to take on the Titans.
The Bengals have won four straight after starting the season 1-2, while the Titans have dropped two of their last three games.
Tennessee has looked horrendous in their last three games. They lost by 21 to the Pittsburgh Steelers and by 34 to the Houston Texans. They won their last game by 17, but that was against the Indianapolis Colts, so no one will be impressed.
Where: LP Field (Tennessee)
When: Sunday, November 6th at 4:05 p.m. EDT
Watch: CBS, DirecTV 702
Radio: Sirius 93 (Cincinnati), Sirius 134 (Tennessee)
Betting Line: Cincinnati Bengals (+3)
Take the underdog with tons of confidence.
The Titans have struggled to score in recent weeks and face the most underrated defense in the NFL this week.
Will the Bengals cover the spread?
The Bengals have been dominant on defense all year, and should have no problem shutting down Matt Hasselbeck and Chris Johnson. CJ2K looks more like CJ500 right now, which doesn't bode well for Tennessee.
They survived a couple weeks on the arm of Hasselbeck, but they won't survive this week without a run game. The Bengals have the No. 2 run defense in the NFL and the No. 9 pass defense, which is quite scary if you're a Titans fan.
Cincy doesn't exactly have a dominant offense, but they will do enough in this game to get the win. With the defense carrying the load for the Bengals, they will move to 6-2 on the season with the victory.
What's at Stake:
This game is crucial for both sides.
The Bengals need a victory to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers at the top of the division. Those two sides face off this week, so Cincinnati will need a victory to keep pace with the winner at the top.
The Titans fell behind the Texans when they faltered against Houston two weeks ago, and desperately need this win to keep within striking distance.
The loser is going to find themselves in a heap of trouble moving forward.
Injury Report for Houston:
|11/02/11||TE||Jermaine Gresham||Hamstring||Did not practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. at Tennessee|
|11/02/11||LB||Rey Maualuga||Ankle||Did not practice. Questionable for Week 9 at Tennessee|
|10/30/11||DB||Adam Jones||Hamstring||Left Week 8 at Seattle|
Injury Report for Tennessee:
|10/30/11||DL||William Hayes||Back||Missed Week 8 vs. Indianapolis|
|10/30/11||DB||Chris Hope||Forearm||Missed Week 8 vs. Indianapolis|
|10/30/11||LB||Colin McCarthy||Hamstring||Missed Week 8 vs. Indianapolis|
|10/30/11||TE||Craig Stevens||Rib||Missed Week 8 vs. Indianapolis|
Fantasy Start 'em, Sit 'em, and Sleeper advice
A.J. Green (Start 'Em)
It doesn't matter who A.J. Green is playing at this point. He has quickly emerged as Andy Dalton's favorite target, and should put up solid numbers this week against Tennessee. He won't put up huge numbers, but if he is your flex player, he's certainly worth a start.
Mike Wallace caught six passes for over 80 yards and added a touchdown just a few weeks ago against the Titans, so don't be afraid to play Green this week.
Chris Johnson (Sit 'Em)
Shut down CJ2K immediately.
Trade him if you can get anything for him, he's done.
He hasn't done anything this season and faces the No. 2 run defense in the NFL this week. He's averaging less than three yards per carry this year and has just 302 yards rushing.
It's over for CJ, leave him on the bench.
Javon Ringer (Sleeper)
You probably shouldn't play him unless you're incredibly desperate, but he could eventually take over the starting job from Johnson if he continues to disappoint. Ringer carried the ball 14 times last week and picked up 60 yards, he also hauled in five passes for 42 yards. If you're counting, that's 15 fantasy points.
Not too bad of a week for a backup RB. Johnson owners would love to get 15 points a week out of him, so keep Ringer in mind if you're incredibly desperate.
What They're Saying:
Rumors of Chris Johnson shutting down aren't going anywhere. After speaking with the media at his Wednesday news conference, those rumors aren't going anywhere. Here are Johnson's comments via ESPN,
In response to a question about expectations attached to his big new contract that gave him $30 million guaranteed, he said you don’t get a big new deal over expectations, you get it for what you’ve done.
That seems to suggest that instead of regarding the big new money as a carrot he regards it as cake. Instead of feeling like he has to go earn it, does he feel like he got what he deserved for services already rendered?
According to ESPN, Benson was back at work on Wednesday after being suspended for a week.
Cedric Benson was back at practice on Wednesday, ready to resume his role as the Cincinnati Bengals' top running back following a two-week break.
Benson was home in Texas for the last two weeks, getting some unwanted rest. The Bengals (5-2) had their bye, followed by Benson serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.
Player to Watch for Cincinnati: Cedric Benson
Who will have more yards rushing?
After missing last week with a suspension, Benson will be back on the football field this week. The Titans are giving up over 130 yards per game on the ground this week, so the Bengals will need Benson to shine.
He should have no problem putting up big numbers this week, and makes for a terrific play in fantasy leagues. Benson is averaging four yards per carry this season, and could put up huge numbers in this game.
Player to Watch for Tennessee: Chris Johnson
If the Titans are going to have any chance to win they need their $30 million dollar man to step his game up.
He received a $30 million guaranteed contract before the season after holding out and crying all offseason. If he continues to disappoint, the Titans can all but kiss their season goodbye, and Johnson may just be searching for a new job after the year.
The Bengals are going to feed Benson a ton in this game, so the Titans better be ready to pack the box.
If they don't slow down Benson they are going to be in for a very long day. If Benson excels, the Titans will have no chance of slowing down Andy Dalton and the play action pass.
The Titans need to focus on slowing down Benson if the team has any chance of stopping the Bengals offense.
Cincinnati 20, Tennessee 17