Bengals try to set franchise record
09/21/2014 07:29 AM
Cincinnati will face the Tennessee Titans today at Paul Brown Stadium. Beating the Titans would give the Bengals their 11th straight regular season home win, a franchise record. A few things to watch for in the match-up:
1. Green and Burfict injury status. A.J. Green was listed as probable after practice Friday where he was limited. Both Marvin Lewis and Green have said they expect the team’s star wide receiver to play, but remember that he was active last week with the same injury and then ruled out early in the game. Although, all signs point to a healthy A.J. Green playing this afternoon. Meanwhile, Vontaze Burfict is in his second straight week of concussion protocol. Burfict did not practice this week and was listed as doubtful on Friday. I’d expect the Bengals give him the week off so he gets a couple weeks to recover.
2. Run game. Dallas rushed for 220 yards against Tennessee last Sunday. Cincinnati’s Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill combined for 164 yards last weekend at home so expect to see a repeat run-heavy game plan. Without Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert (and potentially Green), it would make sense for Cincinnati to try to win this one on the ground.
3. No sacks, no turnovers. It’s the statistic we’ve talked about all week. Through two weeks, the Bengals have not turned the ball over or allowed any sacks… only the second team since 1960 to do so. While Andy Dalton said this week that they’re going for three in a row, the team also recognized that it’s a statistic line they can’t keep perfect all season (though it will remain their top goal every game). We know how important the turnover battle is in the NFL, and it will be worth keeping an eye on… especially because the Titans have the top defense against the pass in the NFL.
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