The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off their first win of the season and looking to keep the momentum going as they head to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Bengals come in as favorites on the point spread, while the Titans are slight underdogs at home, currently going off at odds of on the moneyline.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at the betting odds for Sunday’s Bengals vs. Titans AFC matchup, plus player props and more headed into the Week 4 game.
Bengals looking to live up to expectations against Titans
The Bengals started this season as one of the top favorites in Super Bowl odds in the AFC, with a lot of the team’s hopes pinned on QB Joe Burrow. But after opening among the favorites to win this season’s MVP award, Burrow has struggled while dealing with an ongoing calf injury that he first suffered in training camp.
Cincinnati stumbled to an 0-2 start before getting its first win of the season in a 19-16 home victory over the Rams on Monday night. Burrow was questionable to play earlier in the week, but he still got the start and threw for 259 yards with one interception. He has just two TD passes through the first three games of the season, with two interceptions and five sacks.
The Titans have also struggled early, winning their one home game so far this season in a 27-24 overtime victory against the Chargers in Week 2, while losing to the Saints and the Browns to start the season 1-2. QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for only one TD with three interceptions and has been sacked 13 times, which is tied for the second-worst mark in the league.
The Bengals passing game versus a shaky Tennessee secondary
The Cincinnati passing game hasn’t been the threat it was expected to be as Burrow has struggled, but the Titans currently have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Tennessee surrenders an average of 275.3 passing yards per game, while the Bengals have so far managed only 175 yards through the air.
One key for the Bengals will be getting WR Ja’Marr Chase involved early. Chase is the team’s leading receiver with 211 yards so far, but he has yet to catch a touchdown pass this season.
Titans looking to reverse some early weaknesses
Turnovers and pass protection have been major issues for the Tennessee offense thus far. Tannehill is averaging one interception per game at this point, but he’s also been facing relentless pressure, with 13 sacks in just three games. The Bengals average three sacks per game, putting the team’s pass rush somewhere in the upper third of the league.
The Cincinnati secondary is the third-best in the AFC when it comes to interceptions. With the Bengals struggling to produce touchdowns on offense, denying the team good field position via turnovers could end up being crucial for Tennessee.
Bengals vs. Titans odds and betting lines for NFL Week 4
The Bengals enter this game as slight favorites, but they have yet to win a game on the road this season. Below are lines and odds for Sundays game:
Bengals vs. Titans player props for NFL Week 4
There are multiple categories of player prop available for this game. A couple of options appear below.
Burrow has yet to throw for more than 260 yards in a game so far this season, though his output has been steadily increasing. After posting just 82 yards through the air against a stingy Browns defense in Week 1, Burrow had games of 222 and 259 yards in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively.
Tannehill has topped 200 yards passing once so far this season, and that came in the overtime win against the Chargers in Week 2. His other outings — 104 yards against Cleveland last week and 198 yards against the Saints to open the season — both corresponded with losses for the Titans.
Anytime touchdown scorer
The Bengals have had a hard time finding the end zone, with WR Tee Higgins leading the team with two touchdowns so far. RB Joe Mixon ran for the team’s lone TD in Monday night’s win, but no other Bengal has scored an offensive touchdown yet this season.
For the Titans, RB Derrick Henry has run for one TD, and Tannehill took it in for the team’s only other rushing touchdown. WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine is the only Tennessee player to haul in a pass for a TD this season.
Bengals vs. Titans injury report
For the Bengals, WR Charlie Jones is dealing with a thumb issue that kept him out of practice and has him questionable for Week 4. TE Irv Smith is also questionable with a hamstring injury, as is LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, who’s dealing with a knee injury. Burrow’s calf is reportedly improving, and the QB said he sought advice from injured Jets QB Aaron Rodgers, who has dealt with similar issues.
The Titans added DB Mike Brown to the IR on Thursday with an undisclosed injury. WR DeAndre Hopkins is questionable with an ankle injury, and DT Denico Autry is questionable with a groin issue.