NFL Divisional Round Predictions

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NFL Divisional Round Predictions

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NFL Divisional Round Predictions

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The NFL playoffs continue this weekend with the divisional round. TWSN has you covered for all four games on Saturday and Sunday. Find out below who will advance to the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans: After finally winning a playoff game for the first time in over 30 years, the Cincinnati Bengals now have a chance to break another streak of theirs, as they attempt to win their first-ever road playoff game in franchise history. The Bengals come in as hot as any team left in the postseason, led by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow and the Bengals shouldn’t be taken lightly, and Tennessee knows this. The Titans secured a first-round bye after clinching the best record in the AFC and will get their first taste of playoff action this week. They likely will be getting some major reinforcements as star running back Derrick Henry looks ready to return after sitting out the better part of the season with an injury. These two teams match up well against each other and this game looks to potentially be the underrated game of the week on the playoff schedule.

How The Cincinnati Bengals Can Win: 

The Bengals will need to get off to an early start against the Titans. They scored early against the Raiders and that cushion was enough to prevent a comeback from the Raiders in the fourth quarter. Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase hauled in nine catches for 116 yards. If Burrow is able to get the ball to Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, they will put the Titans’ secondary in a bind for 60 minutes.

On the defensive side, they cannot afford another late-game collapse against the top team in the AFC. This especially cannot happen since they are playing on the road and will be in enemy territory. Linebacker Germaine Pratt saved the game for the Bengals with an interception that sealed the game. Pratt will have the confidence to put on another big performance for Lou Anarumo’s defense.

How The Tennessee Titans Can Win: 

The Titans enter this contest as the No. 1 seed in the AFC and they have the momentum from the end of their regular season. In order to hold off a surging Bengals squad, the Titans will need to capitalize on scoring in the red zone. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr struggled to find the end zone at the end of the game and if this one is close, Titans quarterback Ryan will need to move the ball down the field and score in the red zone.

If Henry is able to play, expect him to be a factor even if he does not receive the bulk of the carries. The Bengals gave up 103 rushing yards to the Raiders. Look for the Titans to run the ball on an injured Bengals defensive front with defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi out for the remainder of the playoffs.

The Spread Via FanDuel:

Tennesse Titans -3.5 (-110), (-180) Money Line

Cincinnati Bengals +3.5 (-110), (+150) Money Line

Final Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 24, Tennessee Titans 20

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