Game Predictions & Player Projections - TEN VS CIN

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - TEN VS CIN

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Prediction: TEN 13, CIN 27 (Line: CIN by 6.5)

Update: A.J. Green was upgraded to probable and will play this week. He has been added to the projections.

The 1-1 Titans hit the road where they last defeated the Chiefs and the 2-0 Bengals remain home after beating the Falcons. The Bengals defense is playing at a high level and the offense is controlling the ball. The Titans were fortunate to open against the 0-2 Chiefs but were unable to turn back the Cowboys in the home opener. Expect a good win here by the Bengals who reach their bye the following week.

Tennessee Titans

1 @KC 26-10 10 @BAL —–
2 DAL 10-26 11 PIT —–
3 @CIN —– 12 @PHI —–
4 @IND —– 13 @HOU —–
5 CLE —– 14 NYG —–
6 JAC —– 15 NYJ —–
7 @WAS —– 16 @JAC —–
8 HOU —– 17 IND —–
9 BYE —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
TEN @ CIN Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Cassel 200,1
RB Dexter McCluster 30 2-10
RB Bishop Sankey 20
WR Harry Douglas 4-40
WR Justin Hunter 4-50
WR Kendall Wright 5-50
TE Delanie Walker 8-70,1
PK Ryan Succop 2 FG 1 XP

After week one the Titans were reborn with a road win over the Chiefs. Now that the Cowboys have had their way with them, the same problems exist – lackluster passing game, marginal rushing effort and a defense that is inconsistent at best. The biggest surprise are the wide receivers who have not taken any step forward from last season. Two road games in a row to Cincinnati and then Indianapolis will not help turn this team around.

QUARTERBACK : After logging 266 yards and two scores in Kansas City, Jake Locker only managed 234 yards and one score with two interceptions against the Cowboys weak secondary. Locker’s only real success this year has come throwing to the tight end but that has shortened the field for the offense. He’s doing little in what could be his final chance.

RUNNING BACK : Shonn Greene remains the primary back though he was held to only 40 yards on five carries last week and no tailback has a touchdown so far this year. Bishop Sankey was promoted to #2 on the depth chart but then only received two carries for three yards in part because the Titans fell behind and abandoned the run. This remains a three-headed monster that doesn’t produce much even all combined, let alone individually.

WIDE RECEIVER : The best performance so far has been Justin Hunter’s 63 yards in the opener and yet that was on only three receptions and he has yet to score. Kendall Wright is the only non-tight end to reach the endzone but he’s remained below 50 yards each week. This unit is underperforming with Locker back at the helm and there is no sign of any improvement soon. All wideouts have lost their fantasy viability at least for now.

TIGHT END : The lone bright spot has been the play of Delanie Walker who scored once in the opener and then became the only working piece last week when he ended with ten catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. That was more of a function of what the Cowboys forced the Titans to do but also helps make Walker a more reliable target for Locker.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Bengals have only allowed one passing score per game and the Titans are hardly a top passing team right now. Dennis Pitta did end up with 10-83-0 against them in the opener which makers Walker at least interesting as a low-end TE1 this week. The Bengals rushing defense has been only average but no opponent has rushed more than 17 times and that shortcuts what any runner can do against them. With the Titans, that’s going to be all split up anyway. There is no obvious fantasy play here aside from Walker.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TEN 15 30 26 5 10 8
Preventing Fantasy Points CIN 18 10 29 20 5 1

Cincinnati Bengals

1 @BAL 23-16 10 CLE —–
2 ATL 24-10 11 @NO —–
3 TEN —– 12 @HOU —–
4 BYE —– 13 @TB —–
5 @NE —– 14 PIT —–
6 CAR —– 15 @CLE —–
7 @IND —– 16 DEN —–
8 BAL —– 17 @PIT —–
9 JAC —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
CIN vs TEN Rush Catch Pass
QB Andy Dalton 250,1
RB Giovani Bernard 80,1 5-60
RB Jeremy Hill 60,1 1-10
WR A.J. Green 5-80,1
WR Brandon Tate 3-40
PK Mike Nugent 2 FG 3 XP

Two weeks in and the Bengals look like definite contenders this year. The defense has held opponents to no more than 17 points. The offense isn’t prolific but it has yet to turn over the ball or allow a sack while controlling the ball. This is a difficult team to beat and should be there in January. The Bengals will reach their week four bye at 3-0 and then start to wade through the tougher part of their schedule.

QUARTERBACK : The new ball-control offense has seen a decline in the passing stats for Andy Dalton. He’s thrown for 252 and 301 yards in the initial weeks but only scored once in each. He’s making no mistakes but will have to contend with not having A.J. Green for this one game.

RUNNING BACK : Predictably, Giovani Bernard had a big game against the Falcons with 169 total yards and one score. Even Jeremy Hill pitched in with 96 yards and a touchdown as well. They make a formidable duo at least at home against a weaker rushing defense. Like, say, this week. They face the same defense that gave up 167 yards to DeMarco Murray last week.

WIDE RECEIVER : A.J. Green left the game without a catch last Sunday but his toe/foot issue was described as only a short-term problem and that he is expected to return after the week four bye. Now without Green or Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu has risen to the occasion by posting 84 yards and a score last week along with a very nice 50-yard completion to Brandon Tate. Green is the only major fantasy play of the receivers but Sanu is making the most of his playing time.

TIGHT END : Tyler Eifert remains out until week ten at the earliest since they placed him on injured reserve/designated for return because of his dislocated elbow. Jermaine Gresham is more of a blocker than a receiver and carries no fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Titans have only allowed one passing score per opponent and no more than 202 pass yards so far. That’s roughly what Dalton does in a week and more so considering that he’ll be without Green. Aside from moderate passing, this offense will again use the run and should find success same as Murray did just last week. Dalton is a very moderate play but both Bernard and Hill are worthy starts this week. Bernard in particular could be very big.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CIN 20 5 11 22 3 12
Preventing Fantasy Points TEN 3 12 5 19 21 14

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