9 Tennessee Titans-Cincinnati Bengals NFL playoffs predictions: Titans won't be one and done

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The Tennessee Titans begin their NFL playoff run on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Tennessee was off last weekend after earning a first round bye via the AFC's No. 1 seed. Cincinnati won 26-19 over the Las Vegas Raiders in the wild card round last Saturday. That win was the Bengals' first playoff victory in 31 years.

Derrick Henry could return on Saturday, which would make for a star-studded game between two teams not thought to be among the NFL's preeminent franchises. Joe Burrow, Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Mixon against Ryan Tannehill, Julio Jones, A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry. Not bad.

Here are the Tennessean's expert picks for Saturday's game.

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Ben Arthur, Tennessee Titans beat reporter

Titans 27, Bengals 24

The Titans have had two bye weeks and a mini bye since the end of November. The Bengals have had nine straight weeks of games. Rested legs tilt this matchup in favor of Tennessee, which on paper has the advantage at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

Gentry Estes, sports columnist

Titans 24, Bengals 17

The Titans’ weakness in losing to the Bengals last season has become a strength. They can rush the passer this season, and Cincy has allowed a ton of sacks up front. That combined with the Bengals’ struggles against the run vs. the Raiders don’t bode wonderfully for their chances in Nashville.

Mike Organ, college sports reporter

Titans 27, Bengals 24

It will come down to the Bengals passing game vs. the Titans run game and the Titans will ease by on a late field goal.

Paul Skrbina, Predators beat reporter

Titans 31, Bengals 27

A rusty Derrick Henry is better than no Derrick Henry. Plus, the Titans are well rested, so on to the AFC title game they will go.

Joe Spears, high school sports reporter

Bengals 28, Titans 21

Tennessee tries to slow the game down on the ground with the return of Derrick Henry but Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase connect late to lift the Bengals past the Titans.

Nick Gray, trending sports writer

Titans 31, Bengals 21

I would pause and consider an upset here if not for such a lopsided coaching matchup. Mike Vrabel will have the Titans ready to go, and the home team should be further charged up with the presumed re-entry of Derrick Henry to the lineup.

Chris Thomas, sports director

Bengals 35, Titans 32

Few teams have been able to slow down the Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase connection in Cincinnati, and Tennessee will be added to the list.

Tom Kreager, high school sports editor

Titans 28, Bengals 24

The Titans maintained a heavy run game even without Derrick Henry. And that’s how the Titans will win in playoffs even if Henry’s play is limited.

Tommy Deas, SEC Enterprise Editor/Cross-Team Leader

Titans 31, Bengals 27

The Titans have the top seed for a reason. They find a way. If King Henry contributes, Tennessee advances.

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