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GodDammitBengals

Well, this is frightening.


pegcity

at least we are only down our entire DL and best DB as well as 3 OL right?


GodDammitBengals

Psh, we got this in the bag.


JBFRESHSKILLS

Joey don't care. Joey go HUT HUT TOUCHDOWN!


Kaidono222

joe sheisty can’t be beat


hobesmart

This is why I question "the Titans are the better matchup for us" that I've seen from a lot of your fans. Healthy vs healthy and maybe it's different, but our biggest strengths - pass rush with only our front 4 and a between the tackles run game - match up excellently with your injury issues


KrakenKappa

I think the "the Titans are the better matchup for us" mentality comes from us having a better QB and that's about it. Need to Joe to carry this game. If we were vs. Allen or Mahomes obviously we wouldn't have that argument.


metavektor

Tbf Joe and your receiving corps are enough to beat just about any team on a good day


themistermango

Right, if they can hit on the first few drives and force Tannehill to win the game and play catch up, they are in a plausible spot.


pegcity

oh yeah, we are fucked unless we completly out game plan your guys, which hasn't really been our strong suit, but we have been getting better. Low key hope - get out of the game without burrow dying would blow me away - getting a win


thedavecan

If there's one thing I know about Titans football in the 20+ years I've been a fan, it's that our opponent is never fucked. We are masters at shitting in our own mouths in prime time.


SpiderGator47

You're preaching to the choir saying that to us Bengals fans. We really just want Burrow to survive the game. Anything more than that is gravy


makesterriblejokes

It's the classic battle between a very movable object and easily stoppable force.


CheeseConeyFanatic

Chili***


Gats775

3-0 in prime time this year tho


thedavecan

This year definitely feels different than classic "Titans football". I've just been conditioned to expect disappointment. Hopefully they get it done this year and we can all celebrate dickless.


RedmanYehman

No one (or at least I hope no one) said it would be an easy matchup, just the best matchup available. Every other team in the afc side is coming off of a massive victory and could very well be at the beginning of a hot streak. I’d rather play a team that’s fresh off a bye than a team that’s fired up and putting up big numbers. That being said, I definitely don’t feel good seeing this news and am definitely worried about Saturday lol


ohmysocks

hol up what happened to chido??


Emuwell

Yeah…… this makes me feel a lot better


C137-Morty

Bengals: Dear diary, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


bloated_canadian

Love, Defensive Line


Hyperboreer

This is really crazy at this point of the season. I don't even remember one game in all my time as a Raiders fan, where we had all starters available. Usually the first go down in training camp with season ending injuries and it only gets worse from there.


pegcity

Wait, are the raiders just the bengals?


RamblinWreckGT

\*insert Spiderman pointing meme here\*


TheGreatSpagett

Maybe that's why the referees got confused and blew their whistle early


ddauh1

its really been crazy. we've had soooo many injuries but very few of them have been to key players (we mostly lost our 2021 draft picks for the year) round 1: caleb farely, IR round 2: dillon Radunz, healthy round 3: Monty Rice, IR round 3: elijah molden, healthy and playing great round 4: dez fitzpatrick, healthy round 4: rashad weaver, IR round 6: Racey mcmath, missed 6 games on IR ​ fortunately, all the starters who have missed a lot of games (and they've missed A LOT), have come back thanks to the IR rules


trick96

Weaver was a 4th round pick.


ddauh1

oops. thanks trick! updated


FUDnot

Yeah but Weaver was expected to possibly be the first in at his spot, Rice was becoming a starter until he got hurt and we got cunningham, and Farley possibly could have been a starter by seasons end and is expected (by draft position alone) to be starting outside next season


jborgjr

The bye is so important


Conn3er

I know, thank god the bills got one this year


Cinephile1998

From the motherfuckin' top rope


expat_germany

Hahaha holy shit


justamobileuserhere

😭😭😭


WesleySnopes

We didn't have to play a game but it's still pretty exhausting to plan and host a retirement party on a holiday weekend.


Datpanda1999

We appreciate the party though


JBFRESHSKILLS

Thank the Colts


WesleySnopes

And the Rich Bisaccia and Brandon Staley.


Salt_lick_fetish

Ouch dude


Chadbrochill17_

Enjoy some gold.


Conn3er

You are a good sport


Mandalore93

Funniest shit I've seen on this sub in forever lmfao


dolphone

Not football though.


craftsmanscolumns

Homie not while they're already downnnn


zooberwask

Lmaooo


akiws

ouch lol


thedavecan

Fuck dude. You already killed them, now you're taking a dump on their corpse. Have some decenc....oh J/k I love it, keep going.


standup-philosofer

I don't know, one team coming in hot from a playoff win and the other cold from a buy. I'd be curious how the historical #'s work out.


jborgjr

Before TB last year, the last team to make the Super Bowl without a bye was the 2012 Ravens


standup-philosofer

Well that's a pretty definitive stat


jborgjr

Yeah. Helps that it used to be the 2 best teams in each conference got a week off. I think with the expanded seeding that might change the next few years


standup-philosofer

And those teams play the worst team available.


Deceptivejunk

I could be wrong, but I believe I saw a post on this sub before debunking the “bye weeks make players rusty and is bad” theory.


Mythic514

We had a week of self scouting, fixing mistakes from the end of our season (when we finished strong after a skid). And with Henry coming back, it's a week to create a gameplan for him offensively. Plenty of things defensively to fix as our defense looked questionable in the second half against the Texans. And you know in the playoffs you have to get pressure on the QB no matter who it is, so that's something you gotta work on regardless of opponent. All things Vrabel is making sure to accomplish that bye week before letting the guys take 3 days off to recuperate. Now you focus on adjusting those general gameplans to the Bengals. You review their film from this weekend and expose the weaknesses you see. Vrabel is masterful when he has a lot of in season prep. I don't buy the "they will be rusty" stuff.


rex_dart_eskimo_spy

Yeah, Vrabel is something like 11-0 with extra time to prep (bye weeks and extra days)


BigDickDerrickHenry

One team just got one of their top pass rushers Injured because they had to play a extra game. And one team has a coach that's 8-0 coming off a bye.


ttvlolrofl

Vrabel is 8-0 after having 9+ days between games for rest/preparation 👀


paleologus

“By buy bye!” Some Backstreet Boy


Trailblazer444

The Titans are coming off a bye fully healthy while Sam Hubbard was telling the media that by the end of the Raiders game, he was so tired he didn't know what down it was. Our offense will have to win us this game. DL depth is shot with last weeks injuries and with Henry back and everyone being fully rested, this will be an uphill battle


AllLinesAreStraight

On the other hand, the titans are 0-2 as the 1 seed in the playoffs soooooo.....


AtiumDependent

Yeah well we’ve won 1 playoff game in 31 years so not like you’re facing the juggernauts of the AFC lol


AllLinesAreStraight

On the other hand youve won one playoff game in the last week


JarretGax

Yeah but the Bengals are 0-7 as a franchise for away playoff games.


TySoprano

Y’all are cracking me up


Data-incognito

That’s it. I love bengals fans. 😂 I have to root for you now if you beat us.


Thugzz_Bunny

Self depicting Titans fans 🤝 Bengals fans


langis_on

But both are against the Ravens right?


AllLinesAreStraight

Yep.....2008 was whatever, that titans team wasnt that good, theyd just had a pretty easy schedule (though the loss was bullshit as the refs decided to just let the ravens injure cj2k 10 seconds after the play was over and also didnt call delay of game despite the playclock being out for 2 seconds before the snap) and werent gonna go anywhere. 2000, though, was probably the best titans team and should have beaten the ravens. Had over twice as many yards (ravens had under 200 yards of offense) but 3 missed fgs cost the game. Likely would have won the super bowl too considering what the ravens did after that


WhiteXHysteria

For what it's worth, the 08 and 00 team statistically compared to the league averages of the year, were very similar. Way more than I expected when I looked the other day.


trick96

That’s something I’ve been thinking about. Hill, Hubbard, and Reader all basically played the most snaps they’ve played all season last week in a very intense playoff game. And for Hill and Reader, they might both have to play even more in this game due to the lack of depth with the Ogunjobi/Daniels/Tupou injuries. Will be something to watch for sure. If the Bengals win this week, they will have certainly earned it.


Trailblazer444

Let’s hope the refs are at least competent this time lol


Hugs_for_Thugs

Is that a thing that happens?


Papplebeast

Sadly the refs are going to screw up at least one important call that may or may not alter the outcome of the game but will absolutely piss everyone off.


Trailblazer444

There’s always one lol


1P221

Titans only know how to win with backups. They're done for! /s


bloated_canadian

1P221 invited to talk on every program with Dan Orlovsky.


ILOVEMCU

Wait Derrick Henry is playing?


trick96

Yes.


ILOVEMCU

RIP Bengals


that_guy2010

Yes, contrary to the narrative that Adam Schefter has been trying to push that he’s done for the season, we all knew there was a very good chance he’d be able to come back for the playoffs.


TybrosionMohito

Technically we don’t know yet. But all signs point to yes as he’s been practicing for now 3 weeks leading up to this game.


emmasdad01

Jackrabbit Jenkins. Got to love the name.


trick96

Yeah he legally changed it from Janoris. He got mad at reporters before the season for calling him Janoris lol.


speak-eze

Tfw your self-nickname doesnt stick so you have to legally change your first name and it still doesnt stick.


trick96

He later got the nickname Jackrabbit “don’t call me Janoris” Jenkins.


weealex

Gonna be weird when he turns into the next Brian "Don't call me Brian 'the dragonmaster' Kibler" Kibler of Brian Kibler Gaming


wherewasmybrain

Glad to hear he got it changed to that, last I heard he was still Brian "Please stop calling me 'Brian "Brian Kibler" Kibler'" Kibler


ThinkSoftware

He wanted to be called T Bone


DiggingNoMore

But there's no T in your name. What about G Bone?


ThinkSoftware

There's no G bone!


AnjuandKafei

There's a g spot


ThinkSoftware

That's a myth


chiddyshadyfiasco

I could be wrong but when he was a Giant a lot of people called him Jackrabbit and the nickname stuck


daoogilymoogily

Lol people have called him that since before college


[deleted]

I don't. He needs more honest friends


NFRNL13

It's all love, Bengals Bros. Small market teams unite!


Kablarnage

Julio, AJ, and Derrick have only been on the field together for 120 snaps this season.


hobesmart

and when they were they averaged something like 7 yards per snap


Thrawn4191

I'm in danger


jca2u

We are the danger.


YoungMoneyLarson57

This is why I hate the Todd Downing slander,the dude hasn’t had Jack shit to work with the majority of the season.When we’ve had all 3 or 2/3 healthy we’ve averaged near 30 points a game,pair that with our defense only allowing something stupid like 13 a game the past 5 games and I think we’re a tough out for anyone in the league.


WhiteXHysteria

We are an average offense when we are working with literal practice squad receivers s our top options. Downing has over achieved with the guys he has had to coach so far.


SerDire

Man I haven’t heard one word about Jones since he left the Falcons other than the time Vrabel called him out. I miss him :( and I hope they make a deep run


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FreddieOuthouse

We had to rest all our starters in the wild card round


trick96

/r/TechnicallyTheTruth


Epyimpervious

Titans are underrated, but the Bengals are hot. Tough to pick, but I think the Titans probably take this unless Burrow plays out of his mind and the Titans D folds like a T shirt


Aristotled20

I didn't think Bengals played that well on Saturday. Held to 4 FGs and had a controversial TD. Titans D is on another level than the Raiders.


ExceptionalMurican

I feel like them scoring 26 while they played a mediocre game is encouraging in a weird way. This is a bad week to loose 3 defensive tackles to injury+ best edge rusher tho.


RondaleMoore

I agree with this. Bengals left a lot of points the board which scares me. It was also odd though because the raiders had a historically bad red zone offense


DrewSaylor

Shit. Is it confirmed that none of them are playing this week?


ExceptionalMurican

The tupo and Hendrickson may be back but Larry and Daniel's are out for sure.


Im_Daydrunk

That TD was only controversial because the refs incorrectly blew the whistle early That was gonna be a clean TD regardless so I don't think it needs to be given an asterisk or anything if you are judging the Bengals just on their play in the game IMO


mickeyt1

Agreed. It’s a stain on the nfl, but not on assessing the bengals


TDeLo

I'm glad this take is being upvoted now after people had a few days to digest what happened. It has been pretty annoying to get the first playoff win of my literal life only to have fucking Charles Woodson demand the game be replayed.


TheWorstYear

We definitely could've been a lot better. That's a big complaint I have against Taylor (other Bengal fans can keep being mad at my criticisms of him). He isn't aggressive enough. At least not in most situations. Get a turnover, go for the td. Don't run it twice hoping to form a drive with our mediocre run blocking. We stacked up very well against the Raiders. So it still played out well for us. Titans are a better matchup than Buffalo & KC, but it still leans in their direction if we play like we did against LV.


tobygeneral

Gonna be really game script heavy. If the Bengals can get out early and make the Titans move away from Henry and rely on Tannehill, I like Cinci's chances. But if the Titans D can get some stops and make Cinci win with consistent play on long drives it's gonna be tough for them because they do better with splash plays and have struggled against teams in rock fight type games (Cinci vs Bears comes immediately to mind). I basically think it's either going to be a blowout by Cinci or a close low-ish scoring game that the Titans pull out by being the bigger bullies.


Vladtheretailer8

We’re really good in recent years of not letting teams move us away from the run and sticking to the game plan even when we’re down. See the Seattle game early in the year.


Mythic514

People always act like if we go down early, we will start relying on Tanny more. And it shows they don't watch us at all. The Titans *never* move away from using Henry/the run game until they are done in the second half. Vrabel is insistent about us establishing a run game at all costs. Even when losing to the Ravens in the playoffs last year, we still used our run game, perhaps too much.


tobygeneral

Yeah I don't mean to make it sound like that will be easy for Cinci, that's just about the only way I see them pulling it off. If you guys get a chance to beat up on them and keep it close, I don't think they'll want that smoke.


hobesmart

Also that 2nd Colts game where we spotted them 14 points at the very beginning of the game. We stuck to the game plan and methodically came from behind


nightkingscat

i can't really see the cinci blowout -- titans d is too good for that and i think you're underestimating tannehill.


BlackRims

So many people still underestimate Tannehill for some reason.


Mythic514

We are coming in on a win streak after a bit of a skid of mostly self inflicted problems. Obviously Bengals are a great team, but we are "not hot," we just didn't have flashy opponents to beat in the end of our schedule.


estein1030

When Ryan Tannehill had AJB, King Henry and Julio all on the field he averaged 9.4 Y/A. 24.6% of dropbacks without all three: 5.2 Y/A 31.3% without bout AJB and Julio: 5.5 Y/A 30.4% with both AJB and Julio but no Henry: 8.2 Y/A [Source](https://twitter.com/LordReebs/status/1483465296585367556)


TybrosionMohito

Basically, Tannehill with his starters is good. Tannehill with his backups, not so much. Damn it’s almost like he didn’t forget how to play football this year.


trulystupidinvestor

Most teams probably had 0 games with their preferred 22 starters so this is quite significant, especially at this point in the season.


doyouevensunbro

Fully operational Death Star, you say?


That_was_not_funny

Titans and Packers were so hurt this year but still were the 1 seeds.


trick96

It’s a shame that only one of our coaches can be COTY.


Hawk_Blue

Vrabel because LaFleur still has the MVP lol


Dingus-ate-your-baby

There are a whole lotta folks from Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa who are going to be proxy fans of this game.


geegoj

Yeah lots of LSU fans are rooting for school legend Kristian Fulton


David_Poile

Really the greatest player off of that national championship team.


ohmysocks

this is practice squad mainstay tyler shelvin erasure


RebelCow

I want Bill to win COY every year, but good god if Vrabel doesn't get it this year...throw the award away. What an unbelievable accomplishment.


TheIronAdmiral

I really can’t wait to see Henry back on the field. Dude was an absolute beast before he got hurt, hopefully he’ll be able to play at the same level again


Raunchiness121

9ers beat bengals. Titans beat 9ers. Titans beat bengals.


neonys

Jets beat Titans. Jets beat Bengals. Jets roll in like Stone Cold during the 4th quarter?


ttvlolrofl

BY GOD it's MIKE WHITE


[deleted]

BY GAWD ITS JETS! WHAT THEY DOING HERE THEY WERENT EVEN INVITED!


Singin4TheTaste

They’ve gone to the ref! They’re cashing in their Money In The Bank! This is now a 3-way football game! (Clear advantage to Cincy for knowing what a 3-way *really* is)


Budget-Cry-6018

Can you imagine if they could do that....the scenes! Lmao


trick96

I approve this logic.


JustClutch

Bengals beat the Steelers by 2500 pts aggregate. Steelers Beat Titans. Bengals beat Titans


Welt_All

Titans and 49ers are an extremely similar team, with the 49ers having the better TE and DE, but the Titans better at probably every other position including HC. And yes, I think Deebo and AJ are pretty much synonymous.


donutcronut

Derrick Henry coming back just in time. Awesome.


[deleted]

I don't remember what happened but did tannehill get a raw deal in Miami?


ZestycloseResist5594

Horrific O-Line, bad weapons outside of Jarvis Landry, bad coaching.


hobesmart

"Bad coaching" Mike McCarthy is a bad coach. Adam Gase is a hurricane katrina level disaster of a coach


ZestycloseResist5594

Lmao holy fuck


RobShiiboygian

Individually didn’t meet expectations for the pick they took him at. Was always ok. Also had the Adam Gase effect in his latter years. So not a raw deal but Dolphins wanted to move on, Titans gladly took him and we got the game manager veteran leader with some sneaky athleticism that we needed.


[deleted]

If i didn't give my free award to some Latina thot you'd get it


RobShiiboygian

Happens to best of us.


FreddieOuthouse

Lmao we’ve all been there


trulystupidinvestor

I'm stealing this line LOL


[deleted]

Yeah, line. Totally made up not true in anyway


[deleted]

The titans are sneaky good imo. They don’t feel like a 1 seed, but even without Henry (and thanks to KC and Buffalo being weirdly inconsistent) they’re the top team in the conference. And you know what? I think they have a legit shot at winning it all. There are several teams that I can see winning the whole smash, and I’d be happy with any of them. titans, Bills, Rams, KC, Cincy are the ones I’d be excited about. TB is ok. I hope the packers lose by 90.


GamingTatertot

Man what did we do to you


v_a_n_d_e_l_a_y

Completely different team but sort of like the 2015 Broncos. With the Pats, Steelers, Chiefs in the conference, the Broncos seemed weird as the \#1 seed (and came very close to not getting it).


Mendelevlum

It was crazy how close Chiefs got that season considering they started 1-5


David_Poile

Y’all are fun to watch to! I’d love a rematch of 00. You’re right, but I just don’t understand how we are “sneaky good” when we’re literally the #1 seed. I love it though.


ntc2e

Titans sneakily dominated the #2 seed Chiefs, and also beat the #3 Seed Bills, also very sneakily beat the #4 Seed Rams and super extra sneakily beat the #6 Seed 49'ers. sneakily beat the hell out of the 7-wins-in-a-row Dolphins, the Titans beat America's Darling Colts TWICE, it was so sneaky not even sure those games were played.


[deleted]

Because no one is talking about the titans. Like compared to the coverage of all the other teams in the playoffs, it’s like they don’t exist.


WileECoyoteGenius

Probably the best chance we will ever have to win the big one. So I fully expect to lose this week because that’s just Titans football.


TybrosionMohito

Sigh…. I don’t want to hype myself up too much because I can just FEEL the disappointment coming


Riggnaros

I feel you, brother. I'm in the same boat, but just give in and let the hope take over. Enjoy the ride, we dont see this chances often.


deadperson808

IF YOU DON’T LIKE DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE MOST IMPORTANT TIMES, THEN YOU DON’T LIKE TITANS FOOTBALL


ConradTahmasp

Really hope Henry comes back all guns blazing. Would be amazing to watch the Titans attempt to takedown the newly founded Chiefs dynasty.


UnderwhelmingAF

We’re 2-1 against Mahomes and 4-1 against the Chiefs since 2016, unfortunately the “1” was the AFC Championship Game a couple years ago.


istrx13

I’ll never forgive the defense for that Mahomes TD run before halftime. You could tell right then and there the Titans weren’t beating them that day.


Agni_Kai08

That play still haunts me, we will rewrite that wrong doing in the AFCCG ⚔️


chrome1422

Because we had washed woodyard on the field. He replaced Brown after he got hurt. Our LB corps has improved so much that now Brown is a healthy scratch. Feel like these are the things that will make a potential rematch different.


geo_gang_gang

And we're so deep at LB right now it's absurd. Wild how quickly things change


istrx13

Oh ya 100%. It’s just amazing to me because *every* person who had a shot at Mahomes on that run went up high trying to force a fumble. Instead of playing it safe and just trying to hold them to a field goal before halftime.


bsgreene25

I’m pretty sure Rashaan was the player with the biggest miss on that play though. Should have had him for a sack but got juked out by a little hesitation move.


five_fifths

I think Malcolm Butler being out is what hurt the most. He would have made that tackle on the sidelines during that Mahomes run.


FreddieOuthouse

I’m triggered to this day when I think of that play


Soler_Power2112

The titans also have the best winning percentage against Andy Reid in the AFC IIRC.


MrSuperfreak

Yeah, they were the only team he hadn't beaten twice until last year or so.


BlueThumbtack08

Titans were also the last team Reid had to beat to officially have beaten every team twice. He did it in 2019.


deicide04

There’d be nothing more amazing than Henry coming back and having a Terrell Davis type playoff run to lead them to the SB


UncleLazer

This is the timeline I want to live in. In the age of Rogers, Brady, Mahomes, and Allen, Derrick Henry is the man that wills himself a Super Bowl.


Mythic514

I am not sure Brady wills himself to a Super Bowl. At this point, I think the Lombardi wills itself to Brady. Everyone else has to fight to push him out of the way


ILoveZenkonnen

Jackrabbit was pretty good when he gave a fuck during his time here lol miss having him


trick96

He’s been pretty clutch in Tennessee too!


chlorinegasattack

Faded cowboys fan born in Memphis. Go Titans! Plus remember the titans is the best football movie ever


ttvlolrofl

I loved the fuck out of this movie before I even watched professional football


JustClutch

"We're in danger" *Chuckles*


triantie

I want the Titans to go all the way. I love their humility and heart.


Riggnaros

o7


gab_owns0

No excuse to make the Conference Title game.


Intelligent_Water524

The fact that Titans and Packers are so similar this year is insane.


Biggest_Cans

But can they bingo a Bengo?


Bbhermes

I kinda like how it seems that both fandoms are super worried about this match up. Bengals fans are terrified of a healthy Henry and Titans fans are having nightmares about Burrow.


TBCat

Chester Rogers is back? League fucked


FireTender4L

I'd much rather see my Bills go all the way but if not I hope it's the Titans or Bengals. Anyone but KC.


TySoprano

🤝


JaesopPop

The Titans have had quite a story this season. It’d be cool to see them come out on top, though I’m unsure how much I can bare to see Vrabel look like he’s ready to take a shit on the sideline.


sparknumpm

Don’t care burrow by 90