Titans vs Bengals top prop bets to make for NFL divisional playoff game

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The Tennessee Titans have been foaming at the mouth as they’ve been waiting to see who they’ll play in the divisional round. With the dust settling on the Cincinnati Bengals, we’ll give you our three best prop bets for this Saturday’s matchup.

All odds are courtesy of WynnBet.

Tennessee Titans Player Props

1. Julio Jones O/U 42.5 receiving yards

At the age of 42, having played well over a decade in the league, Julio Jones appears to be on his way out the door. When the Tennessee Titans originally got their hands on him in the offseason, they were expecting their passing game to skyrocket. Instead, it was much of the same as Jones simply hasn’t been that same dominant player that he was in Atlanta. Still, even with Jones losing a step or two, maybe even three, his current betting prop seems to be a near lock.

At one point, oddsmakers would never pencil in his total receiving yards at a paltry 42.5 yards. But, considering that Jones has only surpassed that number in four of his ten games with the Titans, it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll reach those goals in their divisional-round matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Well, let’s have some context here. In the final game of the season, Jones caught five passes for 58 yards. Also, with running back Derrick Henry returning to the lineup, quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown a tendency to throw the ball even more.

With Henry, Tannehill averages 250.2 passing yards per game. Without him, it drops to just 192.4. Also, bettors should feel confident in the Titans’ ability to take advantage of the Bengals’ passing defense. Overall, the Bengals ranked 26th in the league in that regard, allowing 248.4 yards per game. They were terrific at stopping the run, however, checking in at fifth during the regular season, holding opposing running backs to 102.5 rushing yards per game.

For his playoff career, Jones has racked up 834 yards in just six games, currently tied for 28th all-time. Expect him to jump even further up this list after he torches one of the worse passing defenses in the league for a huge game this Saturday night.

Prediction: Julio Jones Over 42.5 receiving yards (-115)

2. Derrick Henry anytime touchdown scorer and Titans win

Now this one just seems like free and easy money. If you’re completely confident that the Tennessee Titans will pick up the win against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, then you should feel equally as confident that Derrick Henry will score a touchdown as well.

Although Henry hasn’t been officially given the green light, all signs point to the former multiple-time Pro Bowler making his return in the divisional round. If that notion holds true, then we simply can’t see a scenario in which he doesn’t end up banging his head on the goal post.

Before having his regular-season truncated, Henry was the league’s leading rusher by a wide margin. Even with the hulking running back missing a ton of time, he still finished the season with 937 rushing yards, good for ninth. Remember, he missed nine games.

If we take a look at the two seasons in which he truly jumped onto the scene in 2019 and 2020, Henry was a touchdown scoring machine in the end zone. In 2019, Henry ran for the second-most yards in the red zone with 144. He was also second in scoring with 13.

Fast forward one year later, and Henry was even better. He rushed for 173 yards in the red zone, good for second once again and 13 touchdowns, tying him for second place as well.

Once the Titans get in close, they simply want to place the ball into the belly of Henry and sit back and watch as he moves defenders out of the way. At some point, he’ll make his presence known. And, with head coach Mike Vrabel inclined to run the ball and win the time of possession battle, Henry will get a ton of opportunities. Meaning, most likely, he’ll score a TD.

Prediction: Derrick Henry will score and the Titans will win (+100)

3. Ryan Tannehill O/U 14.5 rushing yards

We’d be lying if we told you that Ryan Tannehill is the second coming of Lamar Jackson and Michael Vick. It would also be disingenuous on our part if we portrayed Tannehill as a true dual-threat QB. Still, despite some of his physical limitations, Tannehill can pick up decent yardage with his legs when need be.

14.5 rushing yards in a single game isn’t a ton but Tannehill isn’t quick on his feet and he seldom leaves defenses in the dust. But, he has rushed for at least 15 yards in 9 of his 17 games this season. In addition to those stats, Tannehill tends to get real hot in terms of rushing the ball.

To open the season, Tannehill rushed for over 15 yards in four of their first five games. At the tail end of the year, Tannehill rushed for over 15 yards per game in four consecutive contests. Overall, he isn’t the best dual-threat QB in the world, but with everything on the line this weekend, we expect Tannehill to show off his legs just enough to make bettors happy.

Prediction: Ryan Tannehill Over 14.5 rushing yards (-115)

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