If you thought the Bengals would simply be happy with ending the franchise’s three-plus-decade-long playoff drought, think again. Mere moments after winning his first playoff game, quarterback Joe Burrow said that Cincinnati’s wild card win over the Raiders was “the standard for the bare minimum every year going forward.”
Burrow and his teammates are now looking to post the franchise’s first road playoff victory. To do that, they will have to defeat a Titans team that earned the AFC’s top seed after going 12-5 during the regular season. Making the task tougher will be the expected return of running back Derrick Henry, who ran for 112 yards and a score when the two teams last met in Week 8 of the 2020 season.
We’ll preview the game along with giving our prediction for Saturday’s outcome. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.
How to watch
Date: Saturday, Jan. 22 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Titans -3.5, O/U 47.5
When the Bengals have the ball
Burrow has familiarity with the Titans, as Cincinnati posted a 31-20 win over Tennessee in Week 8 of the 2020 season. In the win, Burrow threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns on 26 of 37 passing. He also was not sacked for just the third time in his 27 career starts. Burrow acknowledged this week that both teams have undergone changes since that game. The Titans added pass-rusher Bud Dupree in free agency, while Burrow’s former college teammate, Kristian Fulton, has developed into a quality starter during his second year in Nashville.
The Titans boast a formidable pass rush, led by linebacker Harold Landry (12 sacks) and linemen Denico Autry (9 sacks) and Jeffery Simmons (8.5 sacks). While the secondary gave up the 25th most passing yards in the NFL, the unit is led by one of the league’s best defensive…