Why the Bengals will beat the Titans: ‘Joe Cool’ poised to deliver first playoff win for Cincinnati

“Why not us” was Bengali‘calling for rally for the 2021 season. The phrase, that is first uttered in training camp by tight ending CJ Uzomah, was print on t-shirt before the Bengals’ 26-19 win first Raiders in the AFC Wildcard qualifiers, a win ended Cincinnati’s 31-year winless drought after the season.

Cincinnati revival led by coach Zac Taylor and quarterbacks Joe Burrow. This time a year ago, Taylor received a public vote of confidence by the team owner Mike Brown after he went 6-25-1 in his first two seasons. Taylor has repaid Brown’s faith in him by leading the franchise to its best season since the franchise represented the AFC in Super Bowl XXIII. Taylor has benefited from the play of Burrow, who took the lead NFL on completion percentage during his entire first season at center. In last week’s win over the Raiders, the implacable Burrow completed nearly 71% of his throws, including touchdown passes for Uzomah and the receiver. Tyler Boyd.

The Bengalis will now be in action to Nashville in hopes of delivering the franchise’s first road playoff win. To do that, Cincinnati will have to defeat a Titan The team is rested and healthy after playing without most of the key attacking players during the regular season.

Here are three reasons why the Bengals will defy the odds by taking out the AFC’s top seed, starting with the player dubbed “Joe Cool.”

Joe Burrow

Burrow’s favorite player growing up was Drew Brees, who instantly brought credibility to Saints when he arrived in New Orleans in 2006. Burrow had an almost similar impact in Cincinnati, as the Bengalis believed they could play with and beat the top NFL teams. Cincinnati proved it in Week 17 by going through a 14-0 deficit to beat Patrick Mahomes and Chief. Despite sharing the field with Mahomes, Burrow was the better quarterback that day, as he threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns.

Burrow played like a seasoned veteran in his playoff opening. He led the Bengals in scoring six times while displaying the poise and skill that made him the overall No. 1 pick in the 2020 Draft. As the game was in the balance, Burrow took the lead. Bengals on two second-half goals, including some clutch completions for rookie phenom Ja’Marr Chase, who caught nine 116-meter passes on his playoff debut.

You have to run the ball to get playoff success. That is certainly not lost for Taylor, who will likely guarantee for Joe Mixon a steady diet against the Titans. That being said, Bengali bread and butter is the game over, as Burrow is equipped with the league’s best receiving corps in Chase, Boyd, Uzomah and second-year recipients Tee Higgins. This unit will be able to take advantage of the Titans’ level 25 breaking defense.

The Titan has a strong passing speed. Do Harold Landry’s 12 sacks, the Titan registered 43 sacks in the regular season. While this is something to keep an eye on, Bengal should be able to handle the Titans’ rushing pass as long as they can avoid too many second and third and drag, which they already have. can do last. won last week Las Vegas.

Defense of Cincinnati

The Bengals’ defense turned a negative into a positive. Lose the ball Larry Ogunjobi was a significant loss, but the Bengals’ defense captured a “next man” mentality going into Saturday’s game. They are also motivated to play well in honor of Ogunjobi, who served as the dummy coach during this week’s training sessions.

Cincinnati’s defense has solid dribbling talent with the Titans attack, having one of the best offensive lines in the league along with running back. Derrick HenryColleagues back D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliardand recipients Julio Jones and AJ Brown. The Bengals’ defense is armed with talent, led by an All-Pro passer Trey Hendrickson, defensive comrades Sam Hubbard and BJ Hill, paved the way Logan Wilson and Germaine Prattand defensive defender Jessie Bates III, Eli Apple, Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton.

Cincinnati’s defense has been successful this season against some of the NFL’s top defenders; it would have had similar success against Henry.

“I’m looking forward to it,” tackles defense DJ Reader talking about confronting the criminal behavior of the Titans, through the The Athletic. “They do some good things in the running game. But we’re excited as D-Line. It’s a big challenge for us. And it’s a challenge that we’re going to be out there with. and accept and we’ll go out there and do our job. I think everybody’s excited about that. But it always starts with us first. So we have to always create that special moment from before and just make a game out of it. It will begin and end in front, every game.”

Along with having a solid defence, the Bengals also possess an opportunistic defence. The defense made two turns in last Saturday’s win over the Raiders, with the second spin – an interception by Pratt – sealing the victory in the final seconds of the game. The unit is certainly capable of tying the turnovers against an attack by the Titans who coughed the ball up four times in their 19-13 loss in Pittsburgh in Week 15.

‘why not us’ attitude

It sounds simple, but having faith is paramount to post-season success. Go through this list of all-time playoffs and you’ll find teams that don’t lack confidence. ’68 Jet plane, ’83 Raiders, ’96 Jaguar, ’97 Broncos, ’01 Patriots, ’05 Steelsmith, ’07 and ’11 Giant, and the ’17 Jaguars tackled incredible disturbances by having a mindset that matched or even surpassed their talents. Bengalis have the same opinion.

That thought is shared by both sides. The Bengals’ defense is hungry to prove that they are among the top units of the league. The Cincinnati offense, led by Burrow, is looking to cement its position as one of the coalition’s elite groups. As a franchise, the Bengals are determined to set a new standard of expectations that includes deep post-season activities. That begins with this Saturday in Nashville, as Bengalis seek to eliminate decades of frustration with the Titans, while in the process of ushering in a new era in Cincinnati.

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Huynh Nguyen

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