NFL Picks: Titans vs. Bengals Preseason Week 2

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 12, 2013 6:52 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 6:52 PM GMT

The Cincinnati Bengals looked very impressive in their preseason opener. Now they prepare to take on the Tennessee Titans Saturday.


Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds for this Week 2 matchup at Paul Brown Stadium, with the 

opening kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Johnson gets off to a good start

Tennessee suffered a 22-21 setback to the Washington Redskins as three-point home favorites last Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 35.5.

The Titans’ running game was impressive in jumping out to a 14-7 first-quarter lead, as it gained 92 yards, with star Chris Johnson running for 60 yards on two handoffs.  

Visually impressive

Cincinnati may be a major player in the AFC this season, as it picked up a 34-10 blowout victory over the Atlanta Falcons as 1.5-point road underdogs in Week 1 of the NFL preseason, while going OVER the betting total of 36.5. 

The Bengals ran a total of 72 plays on the offensive end—nearly twice as many coming on the ground than through the air.

Focusing on the defensive end

NFL handicappers will have a hard time backing the Titans if they don’t improve on the defensive end, as they allowed a franchise-record 471 points a season ago.

It’s important to point out that the unit was effective in getting after opposing quarterbacks last year in collecting 39 sacks—but 14 of those came in two games against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eifert and Gresham

There’s no doubt that the Bengals will feature Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham in the passing game, as seven of their 11 plays with the first-team offense against the Falcons were run in a two tight end formation.

Expect more of the same in this affair, especially if wide receiver A.J. Green continues to be held out with a hamstring injury.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Titans with their NFL picks in this matchup, as they’ve covered their last four games in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

NFL Pick: Tennessee Titans +3.5 Bet 365

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