The NFL season is down to just eight teams as the Divisional Round begins on Saturday.
While the Pittsburgh Steelers were eliminated in the wild card by defending AFC champs the Chiefs, there are plenty of Mountain State bettors with their attention on the Cincinnati Bengals.
They qualified for this weekend’s action by taking down the Las Vegas Raiders in one of the more exciting matchups. Cincinnati held on to win 26-19 thanks to more stellar play from quarterback Joe Burrow.
He connected on better than 70% of his attempts, while throwing for around 250 yards and two touchdowns. Burrow hit Ja’Marr Chase often throughout the contest, with the rookie receiver totaling nine grabs for 116 yards.
The victory was the Bengals’ first in the postseason since 1991.
Now, they’ll move their focus to a better team in the Tennessee Titans, who earned the AFC’s top seed. Not only have they won three straight to end the regular season, but also, the Titans are set to get back arguably their best player.
Running back Derrick Henry appears ready to play this week and could provide the boost Tennessee needs to reach Super Bowl LVI.
Bengals vs. Titans odds at WV sportsbooks
Henry is one of the biggest storylines for the Divisional Round because of the impact he has on a game. He’s easily among the top running backs in the NFL and was on pace to have another monster season.
Last year, Henry compiled over 2,000 yards on the ground, with an average of 5.4 yards per carry. He wasn’t quite on the same pace this season; however, he still put up 937 yards in just eight games before breaking his foot.
This was good enough to rank Henry within the top 10 for the year, even with all that missed time.
If he’s cleared to play, there’s no question the Titans will lean on the big man. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is capable, but the offense goes through the rushing attack.
Several players filled in when Henry went down, including D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard. Combined, the two rushed for more than 900 yards and five scores.
Tannehill does feature a group of talented wideouts on the outside when passing. When healthy, A.J. Brown and Julio Jones are difficult to defend.
Jones played in only 10 contests in 2021 but is available in this one.
Having its roster intact is probably the main reason West Virginia sportsbooks show Tennessee laying -3.5 in the point spread. It’s listed at -170 on the moneyline, compared to the Bengals available at +150.
It’s likely Burrow and his unit will need to score some points to leave Nashville with a win. Fortunately, they’ve been doing fairly well in that department.
In Burrow’s last three starts, the Bengals have averaged over 33 points.
The signal-caller has lots of quality options to spread the ball to outside of Chase. Tee Higgins also exceeded 1,000 yards through the air, to go along with contributors like Tyler Boyd and tight end C.J. Uzomah.
Running back Joe Mixon isn’t quite on Henry’s level, although he had a solid campaign with 1,200 rushing yards and a total of 16 touchdowns.
Bengals vs. Titans props
Tennessee had off last weekend with the bye but was playing well to finish up the year. Even though the competition wasn’t the best, coach Mike Vrabel and his squad won three straight and four of their last five.
Of course, snagging the No. 1 spot and the automatic place in the Divisional Round was a huge boost considering the situation with Henry.
These two sides didn’t face one another this season after getting together a year ago. Despite entering as seven-point favorites, the Titans fell to the Bengals by a score of 31-20.
Burrow had a very similar stat line to his opening playoff performance, and Cincinnati got the win even with Tennessee accumulating about 450 yards.
Beyond the standard lines for this tilt, bettors can put some action down on a range of different props.
At DraftKings Sportsbook WV, player props are up, as are a couple of specials.
Receivers Brown and Chase lead all others in terms of reception yardage, with Brown’s total shown at 72.5 and Chase’s at 75.5.
Brown’s over currently sits at -115, compared to Chase’s available at -120.
Both players own fairly decent odds to score the opening touchdown of the game, too. They’re offered at +900 to do so, with the odds dropping to +140 for either to find the end zone at any point.
As for the specials, the first seems like it has a good shot at happening. DraftKings provides odds of -105 for Henry and Mixon to combine for at least 150 rushing yards.
It’s tough to know how many carries Henry might see in his first action back; otherwise, this feels like a good wager.
Another gives you odds of +750 for Chase and Brown to combine for three or more scores.
The final DraftKings special shows the top two wideouts for both teams reaching 50 yards of receiving. If Chase, Brown, Higgins and Jones each total 50 or more yards, then you can take home a quality payout with +500 odds.