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Behind Enemy Lines: A Look at the Cincinnati Bengals


NASHVILLE – The Titans face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Here's a quick look at the Bengals:

Record: 1-5-1.

Last game: Browns 37, Bengals 34.

Points for/against: 23.3/27.7 ppg.


Offense: 20th overall, 361.1 ypg (26th rushing, 13th passing).

Defense: 24th overall, 395.1 ypg (28th rushing, 25th passing).


Head coach: Zac Taylor.


QB: Joe Burrow (195-of-293, 2,023 yards, 9 TDs, 5 INTs, 89.4 rating).

Top RB: Joe Mixon (119 carries, 428 yards, 3 TDs).

Top WR: Tyler Boyd (48 catches, 517 yards, 2 TD).

Top TE: Drew Sample (19 catches, 174 yards, 0 TDs).


Sacks: DE Carl Lawson (3.5).

Leading tackler: S Vonn Bell (53).

Interceptions: LB Logan Wilson (2).

Take/Give: -2 (8/10).

Kicker: Randy Bullock (17-of-19 FGs, 16-of-16 PATs).

Punter: Kevin Huber 48.0 (41.5).

Last meeting: November 12, 2017: Titans 24, Bengals 20

Of note:

-Bengals defensive line coach Nick Eason formerly worked for the Titans (2014-17).

-Bengals secondary coach Steve Jackson played safety for the Oilers/Titans and later served as an assistant coach with the franchise.

-Bengals cornerback LeShaun Sims played from 2016-19 with the Titans.

-Bengals guard Xavier Su'A-Filo (injured reserve) spent part of the 2018 offseason with the Titans.

-Bengals defensive end Amani Bledsoe spent the 2019 season on the practice squad of the Titans.

-Titans cornerback Johnathan Joseph originally entered the NFL as a first-round pick of the Bengals in 2006 and he remained with the team through 2010.

-Titans quarterback Logan Woodside was originally drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Injury Report

DT Geno Atkins (not injury related)

DT Mike Daniels (not injury related)

T Bobby Hart (knee)

C Trey Hopkins (concussion)

RB Joe Mixon (foot)

CB Darius Phillips (knee)

T Jonah Williams (stinger)

S Brandon Williams (knee)

LB Marcus Bailey (neck)

TE Cethan Carter (shoulder)

WR A.J. Green (not injury related)

CB William Jackson (concussion)

Michael Jordan (back)

WR John Ross (illness)

Titans Coach Mike Vrabel ...

(on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's play this season)

He's given them some options. They go on the ball. They give him some different plays. They've been in empty. They spread you out, give the quarterback a chance to see the picture. He can scramble. He can run. Third-and-11 the other day, he checked to a quarterback draw on empty on third-and-11, got it, at the end of the game in a got to have it situation. They have a lot of confidence in his ability to run with the football and get out of tough spots in the pocket. Seems to be able to keep his eyes downfield even when he's on the move. They're comfortable with where he's at in his development and they're throwing for a bunch of yards.

(on Cincinnati's receivers)

They have very good skill players. (Tyler) Boyd is a player that I've really known since college. We looked at him coming out of the Pittsburgh area and he's really developed nice into a really good pro, really good receiver, versatility. Got good size with (A.J.) Green, (Tee) Higgins. As far as our cornerbacks, we're trying to get prepared for this week's opponent. Not the Steelers anymore, not where we were against the Bills, focused on these guys and what they bring, how they play down the field. They're physical, they're big targets. (Tee) Higgins is certainly developing into somebody that the quarterback likes down the field and we know what A.J. Green can do.

(on the Week Eight matchup against the Bengals)

Talented, really good receivers. We've got to go back on the road. We haven't been on the road in a while. It's a new opponent to prepare for, somebody that we haven't faced. We'll have to put a lot of work in and continue the focus on improving.

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