Home Team Worth a Look for Titans vs. Bengals NFL Picks

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:39 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 1:39 PM UTC

So far so good for the Bengals, who have won each of their first two games this season. Will they make it three out of three when they play host to the Titans in Week 3? Check out our early look at the NFL odds for this AFC battle.

***U P D A T E***
At a majority of the sportsbooks, the Titans are still getting seven points from oddsmakers. It's a line that shouldn't move much around that key number leading up to kickoff. 

Tennessee was smacked around at home by Dallas last week, whereas Cincinnati was dominant in a home victory over Atlanta, pushing them to 2-0 on the season.

You can see why the Bengals are favored by this considerable margin.

Injury wise, there are question marks around A.J. Green, who has been a limited practice participant this week. He's currently listed as questionable, but it'd be surprising not to see him find a way to play. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is questionable.

Tennessee seems pretty healthy, as Dexter McCluster was able to return to practice and is now probable. However, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and cornerback Jason McCourty are questionable.

When making our ATS picks, we believe the value to be on Tennessee's side. Oddsmakers could be overreacting here after the Titans were a no-show last week, but we expect them to be more competitive here back on the road. Getting a touchdown head start doesn't hurt either.

Free NFL Pick: Titans +7 at 5Dimes

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***O R I G I N A L***

Fresh off a dominant win over Atlanta, Cincinnati checks in as a sizable favorite once again this weekend.

Most sportsbooks have the Bengals favored by a touchdown, and we don't foresee much movement on that number this week. Any higher of a spread and we may have to consider a play on Tennessee in this spot.

The total for this game has opened at 43.5 points at 5Dimes.

Cincinnati Bengals in 2014-15 Regular Season: 2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS, +10.5 margin of victory

Tennessee Titans in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 0.0 margin of victory

The Bengals started off their season with a 23-16 road win over the Ravens, and they took that momentum into a home date with Atlanta. In the end, Cincinnati finished on top by a score of 24-10 as 5.5-point favorites.

Andy Dalton did a nice job in leading the offense and avoiding mistakes. He was 15-of-23 for 252 yards and one touchdown, which was caught by Mohamed Sanu, who became the top target for Dalton once A.J. Green went down injured.

The running game was dominant for the Bengals, as Giovani Bernard had 27 carries for 90 yards to go with five catches for 79 yards, with Jeremy Hill tacking on 15 carries for 74 yards and two receptions for 22 yards.

Defensively, Cincinnati was fantastic, forcing three Matt Ryan interceptions and sacking him twice for good measure. The Bengals will be licking their chops in hopes of another dominant display against what was a shaky Tennessee offense in Week 2.

The Titans, one week after thumping the Chiefs in Kansas City, had a letdown Week 2, losing 26-10 at home to the Cowboys.

Jake Locker struggled throughout, throwing for 234 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The run game was stuffed (82 total yards), and Delanie Walker was really the only highlight for Tennessee's offense. He had 10 catches for 142 yards and a score.

After getting thoroughly outplayed at home, how will the Titans respond back out on the road? The NFL odds aren't in their favor, and the public are going to be wary about backing them after laying that dud Week 2.

We're going to have to track Green's status throughout the week, as there's a chance the Bengals could play it safe considering they have a BYE in Week 4. Regardless, we still think the home team is going to be worth a serious look with our NFL picks this weekend.

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