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It’s getting real, folks. We’re facing down the divisional round of the playoffs and we have two days filled with excellent football. Whether you’re watching for the pure joy of football or are dabbling in some DFS to make it even more interesting, here is a preview of this weekend’s matchups.
*All rankings are based on regular-season fantasy scoring*
Bengals @ Titans – Saturday 4:30 pm ET — Titans -3.5, O/U 47.5
The Titans are a slight favorite in the Saturday afternoon game. There is one storyline that dominates the headlines.
After suffering a severe foot injury, Henry is poised to make his debut in the divisional round. I say “poised” because it’s still not official. He is technically still on injured reserve, but he has been seen at practice doing very Henry-like things. There is no question that he is the powerhouse of running backs in the NFL, but exactly how much work he will see (if he plays) remains to be seen. Don’t forget, both Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman have been serviceable in King Henry’s absence. How much he is involved could depend on game script.
Over the last four weeks, the Bengals have allowed 468 rushing yards on 96 attempts for four touchdowns to running backs which ties the league at second-most. The Bengals’ defense-against passing is far more stout, ranked 13th against wide receivers during the same period and 18th against quarterbacks during the regular season.
The Titans’ defense will have their hands full with Joe Burrow and company who head into this road game with youth and momentum. The defense against the run has been third-best in the last four weeks of the regular season, but that’s not the strength of Cincinnati’s offense. In case you missed it, Burrow and rookie Ja’Marr Chase have been on fire and fellow WRs Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are weapons that the Titans will have…