Nov 27, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) carries the ball as they face the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals stay hot, clip surging Titans 20-16

Tee Higgins caught seven passes for 114 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lift the Cincinnati Bengals past the host Tennessee Titans 20-16 on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Joe Burrow completed 22 of 37 passes for 270 yards for the Bengals (7-4) and Samaje Perine, who started at running back for the injured Joe Mixon, gained 93 yards from scrimmage (58 rushing, 35 passing) with a touchdown.

Bengals receiver Trenton Irwin made a fingertip catch on a low throw on third-and-12, extending a drive early in the fourth quarter. Higgins came down with a 27-yard touchdown catch on the next play to move Cincinnati ahead 20-13 with 13:42 remaining.

The Bengals held the Titans (7-4) to a 38-yard field goal on the ensuing drive before marching 59 yards in 12 plays to chew up most of the clock.

What would have been a Cincinnati field goal with almost two minutes left to play became an automatic first down when Titans defensive tackle Kevin Strong was whistled for a hit on Cincinnati’s long snapper, considered a defenseless player during the snap.

With Tennessee out of timeouts, that allowed the Bengals to kneel three times and drain the rest of the clock. The Bengals won for the fifth time in six games, while Tennessee lost in regulation for the first time since Week 2.

The Titans’ Ryan Tannehill finished 22 of 34 for 291 yards. Derrick Henry was held to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries but did have three receptions for 79 yards.

Tennessee got on the board first with a short drive resulting in Caleb Shudak’s first NFL field goal, from 33 yards out, with 14:06 before halftime. The Bengals responded with Evan McPherson’s 47-yard field goal 2 1/2 minutes later.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, Tannehill completed a short pass to Henry, who found a seam and navigated deep into Cincinnati’s territory. A Bengals defender knocked the ball out around the 5, but it bounced into the end zone and Titans receiver Treylon Burks recovered it for a touchdown for a 10-3 lead.

The Bengals fit in a nine-play, 92-yard touchdown drive before halftime. Perine took a catch and run 32 yards on the first play of the drive. The Bengals converted two third downs to set up Perine’s 7-yard scoring run with 1:55 left.

Shudak missed a 35-yarder wide right in the final seconds of the half. McPherson (38 yards) and Shudak (24) traded field goals in the third quarter to make it 13-13 headed into the fourth.

Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip) was inactive and missed his fourth straight game after returning to practice during the week.

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Oct 23, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) pulls in a catch for a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The Bengals led 28-17 at halftime.  Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (hip) inactive vs. Titans

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was listed as inactive for Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

Chase is working his way back from a hip injury initially sustained in a 30-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 16. He then aggravated the injury in the first half of the Bengals’ 35-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 23. After limping off the field, Chase returned to play in the second half but has not played since.

Chase, 22, has 47 catches, 605 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns over seven games. He led the Bengals in all three categories before his injury, with Tee Higgins since passing him in receptions (50) and yards (712).

Chase made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021, catching 81 passes for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 starts.

In addition to Chase, the Bengals (6-4) listed running back Joe Mixon, punter Kevin Huber, defensive tackle Josh Tupou, offensive tackle D’Ante Smith, guard Jackson Carman and defensive end Jeff Gunter as inactive.

The Titans (7-3) ruled the following players as inactive: defensive linemen Denico Autry, Larrell Murchison and Naquan Jones; linebacker Joe Schobert; cornerback Terrance Mitchell; kicker Randy Bullock; and center Ben Jones.

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Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) celebrates his interception against the Indianapolis Colts with teammates Kevin Byard (31), Amani Hooker (37), Kristian Fulton (26), Jeffery Simmons (98) and Lonnie Johnson (20)  during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans and Bengals reunite in another important AFC clash

After meeting in the playoffs in January, the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals will try to prove themselves as legitimate AFC contenders again when they square off Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

The Bengals took down the top-seeded Titans 19-16 in last year’s AFC divisional round on their way to reaching the Super Bowl. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill insisted Sunday’s rematch is not about revenge.

“That was last year. Half this team wasn’t even here,” Tannehill said this week. “This is a new team facing another new team. Obviously a game we want to win, but it has nothing to do with last year.”

The Titans (7-3) have won seven of their past eight games and haven’t lost in regulation since Week 2. They’ve been powered by a defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL since Week 3 in scoring (15.4 ppg allowed), rushing yards (60.4) and third-down conversions (30.1 percent).

They’re also 10th in the league with 30 sacks, led by seven from Denico Autry, 6.5 from Jeffery Simmons and 5.5 from Rashad Weaver. Autry is on pace to surpass his career high of nine sacks, set in 2018 and 2021, but he is unlikely to be available in the short term after he suffered a knee injury in last Thursday’s 27-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

“He don’t get a lot of respect that he deserves and we’re gonna miss him for the time he’s out,” Simmons said. “But like I said, the thing about Tennessee and the thing since I’ve been here, it’s always been a next-man-up mentality. So I’m excited for all those other guys to get more opportunities.”

Simmons himself was limited Wednesday with an ankle injury. But Tennessee still expects to have the defensive tackle who racked up three of the Titans’ nine sacks of Joe Burrow in January’s playoff loss.

“He impacts everything,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “The point of attack in the run game. He affects the passer in the pass game. He’s got all the traits that you want to see in a great defensive tackle.”

The Bengals (6-4) are still struggling to get their offense fully healthy. This should be the week star receiver Ja’Marr Chase returns from a hip injury, but at the same time running back Joe Mixon has entered concussion protocol.

Chase was back at practice Wednesday as a limited participant, and Burrow said the team expects he’ll be ready to go against Tennessee after he missed three games.

Cincinnati, like Tennessee, has rebounded from an 0-2 start to the year to get back in the thick of the playoff hunt. They outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 37-30 shootout last week, with Burrow throwing for 355 yards and four touchdowns.

Their schedule is only going to get tougher after Tennessee, with dates against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens still to come.

“We know what it’s gonna take down the stretch to get to where we want to get to,” Burrow said. “We have the experience to go and do it. We just got to execute.”

Bengals defensive linemen Trey Hendrickson and Jay Tufele (illness) missed Wednesday’s practice. Halfback Chris Evans (knee), linebacker Joe Machie (knee), safety Dax Hill (shoulder) and defensive tackles DJ Reader (ankle) and Josh Tupou (calf) were limited. Tupou hasn’t played since Week 6.

For the Titans, linebacker Bud Dupree (hip) returned to practice as a full participant. Kicker Randy Bullock (right calf) and cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring) sat out Wednesday, while center Ben Jones (concussion) was limited.

Derrick Henry didn’t practice Wednesday for a non-injury-related reason. His 1,010 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns have powered Tennessee’s offense.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing talks to quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) and head coach Mike Vrabel during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Orchard Park, New York.

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Mike Vrabel: Titans OC Todd Downing stays, unless NFL intervenes

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel plans to keep the Tennessee coaching staff intact, rejecting the notion offensive coordinator Todd Downing should be demoted or fired after a DUI arrest last week.

“We’ll continue forward with how things work with Todd as our offensive coordinator,” Vrabel said Tuesday. “Now, those things could change. At any point in time when we hear from the league, you know, the legal process — those things can obviously change.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to clubs with the threat of “significant discipline” for violating a policy prohibiting alcohol at team facilities and while traveling on team planes and buses.

Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding at 4 a.m. on Friday, hours after Tennessee defeated the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans returned to Nashville after midnight following the win in Wisconsin.

Williamson County Sheriff’s records show Downing’s bond was set at $2,500 for charges of DUI and speeding implemented by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was processed at 4:39 a.m. and released at 6:46 a.m., according to the county’s jail records.

The 42-year-old Downing called plays in the Titans’ most productive performance of the season at Lambeau Field with 408 total yards in a 27-17 win that included a touchdown pass from running back Derrick Henry.

The Titans opened the season 0-2, with a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants at home and then a lopsided 41-7 defeat at Buffalo.

Fans called for Downing to be replaced but Vrabel said the Titans would stay the course.

“We’re just not gonna do that,” Vrabel said in September. “That’s not something that’s going to happen right now. I’ve had confidence in our staff and confidence in the guys that we put out there … I appreciate everybody’s opinion.”

Since the rocky start, the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) have won seven of their last eight games.

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Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans OC Todd Downing charged with DUI, speeding after win

Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding at 4 a.m. on Friday, hours after Tennessee defeated the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans returned to Nashville after midnight following the win in Wisconsin.

Williamson County Sheriff’s records show Downing’s bond was set at $2,500 for charges of DUI and speeding implemented by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was processed at 4:39 a.m. and released at 6:46 a.m., according to the county’s jail records.

The 42-year-old Downing called plays in the Titans’ most productive performance of the season at Lambeau Field with 408 total yards in a 27-17 win that included a touchdown pass from running back Derrick Henry.

The Titans opened the season 0-2, with a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants at home and then a lopsided 41-7 defeat at Buffalo.

Fans called for Downing to be replaced but head coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans would stay the course.

“We’re just not gonna do that,” Vrabel said in September. “That’s not something that’s going to happen right now. I’ve had confidence in our staff and confidence in the guys that we put out there … I appreciate everybody’s opinion.”

Since the rocky start, the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) have won seven of their last eight games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 17, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) attempts to break a tackle by Green Bay Packers defensive end Dean Lowry (94) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Henry throws, runs Titans past Packers

Ryan Tannehill passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns and Derrick Henry rushed and threw for a score to lead the visiting Tennessee Titans to a 27-17 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

Tennessee (7-3) won for the seventh time in eight games, prevailing behind a disciplined defense and an opportunistic attack that thrived through the air as Henry, the league rushing leader, struggled to get untracked.

Green Bay, which allowed an average of 140.6 yards on the ground entering the night, held Henry to 87 yards on 28 carries.

However, the Titans’ defense came through down the stretch, forcing two punts and two turnovers on downs over the Packers’ final four possessions. Green Bay (4-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 227 yards and a pair of scores to Christian Watson.

Watson, who snagged three touchdown receptions in last week’s victory against Dallas, became the first Green Bay rookie with multiple TD catches in consecutive games since Max McGee in 1954.

Tennessee opened the scoring with a touchdown on the game’s first possession, as the Titans capped a eight-play, 83-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Dontrell Hilliard.

Green Bay responded at the end of the quarter. On third-and-9 from the Tennessee 14, Rodgers caught the Titans with 12 players on the field and lofted a pass over coverage to Watson for a touchdown. The extra-point attempt was blocked.

The Titans missed the point-after following Henry’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hooper, which put Tennessee ahead 20-9 with 5:17 left in the third. Green Bay answered with an 8-yard TD pass from Rodgers to Watson and added a two-point conversion to trim the deficit to 20-17.

However, Tennessee zoomed down the field on the ensuing possession, capping a five-play, 63-yard drive with Tannehill’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Hooper.

The Titans stretched to seven games their streak of allowing 20 or fewer points and fewer than 80 rushing yards. Tennessee limited Green Bay to 56 yards on 19 carries.

Randall Cobb had six catches for 73 yards to lead Green Bay. Treylon Burks was Tennessee’s leading receiver with seven catches for 111 yards.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) acknowledges the fans as he leaves the field following an overtime victory against the Dallas Cowboys during their football game Sunday, November 13, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Titans at Packers: Preview, Prop Picks, Prediction

The Green Bay Packers are eager to find out whether or not their offense can keep rolling when they play host to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.

The Packers (4-6) snapped a five-game losing streak in stunning Dallas last week, while the Titans (6-3) also came from behind to beat Denver.

Green Bay has won two of the past three meetings in the series, including a 40-14 home romp over Tennessee during Week 16 of the 2020 season.

The winning team has scored 40 points or more in four of the past five meetings, a run that dates back to 2004.

Maintaining the trend Thursday might take some doing. Tennessee has scored no more than 24 points in a game this season, while 31 points is the high-water mark for Green Bay.

Despite the Titans sitting atop the lowly AFC South while the Packers are just trying to stay in playoff contention, Green Bay is a consensus 3.5-point favorite at home.

The Packers have been backed by 54 percent of the spread-line bets and 60 percent of the handle at BetMGM, while the Titans have drawn 60 percent of the bets at DraftKings, where the money has been evenly split.

Green Bay moved from a 3.0-point favorite to 3.5 on Wednesday at BetRivers, where it has been backed by 61 percent of the money.

PROP PICKS
Titans RB Derrick Henry Anytime TD Scorer (-195 at BetRivers): This prop is worth shopping around for, with BetRivers offering slightly better odds than some other sportsbooks. It has been the most popular player prop at BetRivers, drawing 4.2 percent of the total game tickets along with 2.0 percent of the money. The Packers rank ninth in total defense, but that’s on the strength of their pass defense. Green Bay is 26th in allowing an average of 140.6 yards per game on the ground.

Packers RB A.J. Dillon Over 33.5 Rushing Yards (-120 at DraftKings): Green Bay topped 200 yards rushing for the third time this season against Dallas while starting the same offensive line in consecutive games for the first time this season. Expect that trend to continue, especially in cold prime-time conditions. Aaron Jones led the way with 24 carries last week, but Dillon still managed 65 yards on 13 touches. Tennessee also will be without two starters and a key reserve on defense.

Under 41 Total Points (-108 at BetRivers): The Titans are averaging only 18.4 points per game. Only two of 140 playoff teams since 2002 have averaged that few. Meanwhile, the Packers’ recipe for success likely hinges on quarterback Aaron Rodgers playing an unfamiliar complementary roll to the two-headed ground game. Green Bay also averaged only 15.8 games during its losing streak.

INJURY REPORT
Titans: Center Ben Jones (concussion), safety Amani Hooker (shoulder), outside linebacker Bud Dupree (hip), kicker Randy Bullock (calf) and backup safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. (hamstring) are out. Defensive back Elijah Molden (groin) and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (ankle) are questionable.

Packers: Inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee) and wide receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) are out, while cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle) is doubtful and offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins (knee) is questionable.

PREDICTION
The Packers’ furious rally to upset the Cowboys kept their playoff heartbeat ticking but this is still a team with significant issues. It will be close, especially at home against a Titans team that also struggles to put points on the board, but Tennessee’s stout defense will better control field position. –Titans 20, Packers 19

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Jacksonville Jaguars place kicker Josh Lambo (4) celebrates kicking a 56-yard field goal against the Colts during the final NFL game of the season Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. [Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union]

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Titans rule out K Randy Bullock for ‘TNF’

The Tennessee Titans ruled out kicker Randy Bullock for Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers and have tabbed journeyman Josh Lambo to replace him.

The team promoted Lambo to the 53-man roster on Wednesday. The Titans signed Lambo to the practice squad on Tuesday. It’ll mark Lambo’s first action in 2022.

Also, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been removed from the injury report after two consecutive days of full participation in practice. He played last week for the first time in three weeks after injuring his ankle.

The Titans also waived wide receiver Chris Conley.

Bullock suffered a right (kicking leg) calf injury in last week’s game.

In 78 career games, Lambo has made 87.1 percent of his field goal tries and 89.9 percent of his PATs.

Lambo learned Wednesday that a judge dismissed his lawsuit against his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lambo filed suit in May, alleging that former coach Urban Meyer created a hostile work environment that contributed to Lambo’s on-field performance dropping. Lambo alleged that Meyer kicked him and swore at him while he was working out in August 2021 before the Jaguars’ preseason finale.

Lambo’s attorney, Betsy Brown, told ESPN on Wednesday that they intend to file an amended complaint.

The Titans elevated linebacker Joe Schobert and defensive lineman Larrell Murchison to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Tuesday.

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (9) celebrates with Aaron Rodgers (12) after scoring a touchdown on a reception against the Dallas Cowboys during their football game Sunday, November 13, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers hope offense is here to stay as Titans come to town

Stopping a five-game losing streak by any means possible beats the alternative.

Still, the Green Bay Packers felt they might also have relocated their groove, to boot, after snapping a lengthy midseason skid with a 31-28 overtime victory against Dallas last week.

Will rookie wide receiver Christian Watson remain the revelation he was in catching three touchdown passes against the Cowboys? The Packers are eager to find out whether or not their offense can keep rolling when they host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.

Green Bay has won two of the past three meetings in the series, including a 40-14 home romp over Tennessee during Week 16 of the 2020 season.

The winning team has scored 40 points or more in four of the past five meetings, a run that dates back to 2004.

Maintaining the trend Thursday might take some doing. Tennessee (6-3) has scored no more than 24 points in a game this season, while 31 points is the high-water mark for Green Bay (4-6).

The Packers, though, are confident they found a spark last week. Trailing 28-14 in the fourth quarter, Green Bay responded with two scoring passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Watson before Rodgers steered the game-winning drive in overtime that culminated with Mason Crosby’s 28-yard field goal.

With Aaron Jones (24 carries, 138 yards, one touchdown) leading the way, the Packers topped 200 yards rushing for the third time in 2022. Green Bay started the same offensive line in consecutive games for the first time this season.

“That’s going to be an important part of our success moving forward if we can keep those guys healthy,” Rodgers said. “We’ve protected well. We’ve communicated really well, and we gave just little gaps for those backs, and man they had a big day.”

Tennessee is averaging 18.4 points per game. The Titans, who lead the AFC South by two games, are aiming to be unconventional, as only two teams of the 140 since 2002 to average 18.4 points or fewer have made the playoffs.

The Titans rebounded from an overtime loss at Kansas City in Week 9 with a 17-10 victory against Denver last week. With the Broncos geared toward stopping running back Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill connected with Nick Westbrook-Ikhine on a pair of scores after missing the previous two games with a sprained ankle.

Henry rushed for 53 yards on 19 carries to end a streak of five straight games with 100 yards or more on the ground. But that was against a Broncos ‘D’ that has allowed the ninth-fewest rushing yards (1,044) in the NFL.

As the second-leading rusher in the league, Henry hopes to come untracked against the Packers, who allow 4.8 yards per carry, tied for 28th in the league.

“I think the more carries you get him in a drive, the stronger he gets, and so that’s why it’s even more important that we pick up those third downs (when) we have the opportunity to, and get him (more) opportunities within the drive,” Tennessee offensive coordinator Todd Downing said. “Obviously that’s the mission, that’s the goal. We just didn’t do that well enough in the last game.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley (3) reacts before a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Titans place Caleb Farley on IR, promote pair ahead of ‘TNF’

The Tennessee Titans placed cornerback Caleb Farley on injured reserve and promoted two players to the active roster in a flurry of roster moves ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans also signed journeyman kicker Josh Lambo to their practice squad in the aftermath of Randy Bullock’s injury last week.

The Titans elevated linebacker Joe Schobert and defensive lineman Larrell Murchison to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

The team also signed linebacker Andre Smith to the practice squad along with defensive backs Greg Mabin and Davontae Harris, in addition to Lambo.

Farley, 24, appeared in nine games (one start) this season, recording 10 tackles. He suffered a back injury on special teams in last week’s win over Denver. He’ll have to miss at least four games, however ESPN reported that Farley sustained a herniated disk and that the injury will require surgery, ending his season.

Schobert has nine tackles and a forced fumble in three games this season. Murchison has also appeared in three games this season.

Bullock is on the injury report this week with a right (kicking leg) calf issue. Lambo has yet to kick in a game this season. In 78 career games, Lambo has made 87.1 percent of his field goal tries and 89.9 percent of his PATs.

The Titans released defensive back Shyheim Carter and offensive lineman Eric Smith from their practice squad.

–Field Level Media