Free Football Picks Week 3 – Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati BengalsJosh Bailey
The red-hot Cincinnati Bengals will look to remain unbeaten when they play host to the Tennessee Titans in a Week 3 matchup that I believe is one of the top value-packed matchups on the Week 3 docket.
The Bengals (2-0 SU,2-0 ATS) are coming off a commanding 24-10 win over Atlanta as a 5.5-point home favorite in Week 2 while Tennessee (1-1 SU,1-1 ATS) looks to bounce back from its humbling 26-10 Week 2 loss to Dallas as a 3.5-point home favorite.
Now, let’s take a look at both teams, before I offer up my free NFL week 4 against the spread odds football pick on this Week 3 pairing.
Tennessee at Cincinnati
Time: 1:00 PM
Spread: Cincinnati -7
Free Football Picks Week 3 – Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals Preview:
The Bengals have dominated on both sides of the ball in winning both of their first two games. Offensively, Cincinnati is ranked fourth in total yards, third in passing and a slid 12th in scoring (23.5 ppg). Defensively, the Bengals are ranked third in points allowed (13.0 ppg).
Fourth-year quarterback Andy Dalton has completed a blistering 65.6 percent of his passes while throwing two touchdown passes and no picks for a quarterback rating of 105.4. Dalton is looking quite worthy of a quarterback that just received a six-year, $115 million contract in the offseason.
"I’m pleased," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "We’re as good as we can be, but again we can’t take a step back. We can’t take a breath or relax."
Tennessee – and quarterback Jake Locker – both looked completely different from the team and player that led the Titans to a convincing 26-10 win over Kansas City in their regular season opener.
Locker was the eighth overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft while Cincinnati’s Dalton was drafted in the second round. The Bengals have reached the postseason in all three of Dalton’s season as their starter while Locker has failed to make it through a complete season without getting hurt.
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) September 18, 2014
The Titans’ enigmatic signal-caller completed 18 of 34 passes for 234 yards with one touchdown in last Sunday’s loss to Dallas, but also tossed two interceptions to help give the game away to a Cowboys team that looked mediocre in dropping its own regular season opener.
Tennessee’s first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’s not overly concerned with Locker’s latest outing.
"I’ve worked with some of the better quarterbacks in the league, and they have games no different than Jake had (against the Cowboys)," he said. "I think we’re looking at one game over maybe a skill set."
Analysis: With the way the Cincinnati Bengals are playing on both sides of the ball right now, I don’t think Tennessee has much of a chance of winning this contest.
The Titans are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine road games, but Tennessee is also just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games against their AFC rivals and a discouraging 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games.
The Bengals have recorded a pair of near-perfect records in going 10-1 ATS and SU in its last 11 home games at home and an impressive 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against their AFC rivals.
Back the streaking Bengals to win and cover the spread everyone!