NFL Playoffs: 3 Reasons Why Joe Burrow and the Bengals Will Beat the Top-Seeded Titans in the Divisional Round

The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off their first playoff win since 1991, and there’s serious reason to believe the good vibes will continue to roll this upcoming weekend against the No. 1 seed Tennessee Titans.

With Joe Burrow under center, anything is possible, and the Bengals appear to be catching the Titans at the perfect time.

Here are three reasons Cincinnati should be feeling confident about its chances in Tennessee on Saturday.

Titans RB Derrick Henry isn’t at 100%

When Derrick Henry’s foot injury was first announced during Week 8, everyone initially thought his season was over. As advanced as modern medicine and sports rehab have become these days, it seemed impossible that Henry would be able to return to the Titans lineup after undergoing foot surgery.

However, Henry was activated off injured reserve right before the postseason and is currently expected to play against the Bengals during the AFC Divisional Round. With that said, the odds of him being at 100% for the game are slim to none. When asked about his health status, Henry gave a pretty ominous response.

“We’ll see where I am on Saturday,” Henry said.

The Bengals are dealing with their own injury issues on the defensive line, but a less-than-100% Henry gives them a serious advantage come Saturday. The Titans have still been playing good football even without their star RB in the lineup, but it’s hard to imagine them making a serious run in the AFC without him.

The Bengals have all the momentum in the world

Bye weeks are a coveted asset in the NFL. Every team wants to give its players an extra week to rest after a grueling 18-week season. However, they can sometimes strip a team of any potential momentum.

While the Titans lounged around at home, the Bengals were busy securing a historic playoff victory in front of a rowdy Cincinnati crowd.

The Bengals have all the momentum in the world, and one can only imagine how fired up they are to go on the road and potentially upset the No. 1 seed. On the other hand, the Titans are dealing with all the pressure in the world not to get upset by the Bengals.

Joe Burrow > Ryan Tannehill

Bengals QB Joe Burrow.
Joe Burrow | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Titans are incredibly well-coached and have one of the better defenses in the league. However, the NFL is a passing league, and the team with the better quarterback typically comes out on top.

All around the NFL last weekend, this logic proved true. Tom Brady beat Jalen Hurts. Josh Allen beat Mac Jones. Matthew Stafford beat Kyler Murray. Patrick Mahomes beat Big Ben. Joe Burrow beat Derek Carr.

Whether Titans fans want to admit it, Burrow is far better than Ryan Tannehill. In fact, Burrow is better than most starting quarterbacks these days. He firmly planted himself as one of the league’s best passers with 4,611 passing yards and 34 touchdowns this season.

Add in the fact that Burrow is passing to a trio of deadly wide receivers in Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins, and the Bengals are in prime position to score a lot of points this weekend.

At the end of the day, it’s always wise to bet on the superior quarterback. If the game comes down to a couple of big-time throws late in the fourth quarter, put your money on Burrow over Tannehill.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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