The chemistry between Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase and fellow LSU teammate QB Joe Burrow couldn’t be more natural, and the two have shredded secondaries all season long.
Chase and the Cincinnati Bengals will now hit the road to face the Tennessee Titans. The football betting odds have the Bengals as 3.5 point underdogs, but will a big day from Chase lead Cincinnati past Tennessee and to the AFC Championship game? Let’s take a look.
Bengals at Titans (-3.5)
- Date: Jan. 22, 2022
- Time: 4:30 PM EST
- Venue: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
I believe that Chase should be able to find some openings in the Titans’ defense this week. While the Titans have the second-best run defense (84.6 yards allowed per game), they struggle against the pass. Opponents have put up an average of 245.2 passing yards per game (25th) against Tennessee. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase should be able to exploit that weakness.
In Week 18, the Titans were burned by the lowly Houston Texans passing game (28th in yards per game) when Davis Mills threw for over 300 yards, and WR Danny Amendola had 113 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Two weeks before that, Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers torched the Titans for 322 passing yards, with Deebo Samuel piling up 159 receiving yards.
Ja’Marr Chase Stats
It was a rookie season for the history books for Ja’Marr chase. The speedy wideout finished the season with 81 receptions, 1,455 receiving yards, and 13 trips to the endzone. He also had a ridiculous 18 yards per reception and an average of 85.6 yards per game.
At just 21 years old, the fifth overall pick set multiple records this season, including the most receiving yards by any rookie in the Super Bowl era. He also set the record for most yards a rookie had ever had in a game when he went for 266 in Week 17 in a pivotal game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chase finished the year with 13 touchdowns, second-best all-time for a rookie, behind only the great Randy Moss (17).
How Many Yards for Chase?
During the 2021 regular season, Chase went over 100 yards receiving in five games.
While the Titans rank 17th in yards allowed per pass attempt (6.6), they’ve given up an average of 7.3 per attempt over their previous three games.
Joe Burrow loves to throw to Chase, targeting him 128 times in the regular season. Against a weak Tennessee pass defense, Chase could easily see ten targets or more, which I believe will push him over 100 yards.
Who Do You Have This Week?
You can count on more fireworks from Ja’Marr Chase and the Bengals this week in a game that should have their talents on full display. Things could get interesting if Titans’ star running back Derrick Henry makes his return.
Do you think Chase will light it up this week? Or will the Titans’ defense hold?
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