For the first time in the 2020 season, the Tennessee Titans took a loss. After falling behind by 20 points to the Steelers, the Titans came all the way back — only to fall short of forcing overtime as Stephen Gostkowski’s kick missed in the final seconds.
Now at 5-1, Tennessee hits the road to face a young Cincinnati Bengals squad. The Bengals sit at just 1-5-1, but rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has them competitive week in and week out. Cincinnati has four losses of five points or less, narrowly losing games to the Colts, Chargers and the Browns twice.
Burrow has surpassed 2,000 yards through seven games this season, tossing nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Once again, this struggling Tennessee secondary will be tested with Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and Tee Higgins lining up on the other side.
Injuries could play a key role in this one — on both sides. Running back Joe Mixon could miss a second straight game for Cincinnati, which would mean a full workload for Giovani Bernard. The bigger issue for the Bengals is up front, where they could be missing both tackles, Bobby Hart and Jonah Williams, on Sunday. Neither were able to practice on Thursday.
The Titans have issues of their own after adding receiver A.J. Brown to the injury report on Thursday with a knee issue. He joined Jadeveon Clowney, Dennis Kelly, Kristian Fulton and Johnathan Joseph on the sidelines Friday.
Through all of that, money has come flying in on the side of the Titans. After opening as 3.5 point favorites, Tennessee is now all the way up to six point favorites in some places. The total is set at 52.5.
Once again, this seems like a spot where you’re going to see a lot of points. The question will be, can the Bengals’ banged up offense keep pace?