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3 questions Bengals must answer in divisional round vs. Titans

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Does the defense have enough left?

Lou Anarumo has done a hell of a job with this unit. I’ll admit I thought Anarumo should’ve been let go in the offseason. Shows how much I know. Though I am not a fan of the hybrid two-linebacker defense they employ, it simply tooK Anarumo a couple of seasons to get the right type of players plugged in.

Logan Wilson is the rangy tackling machine that can run sideline to sideline and drop and cover, and Germaine Pratt is a downhill thumper that can fill gaps and lay the wood in the run game. Pair those two with high motor defensive ends, stout interior lineman, and a disciplined, sure tackling secondary, and you get what we are seeing now.

Josh Jacobs of the Raiders had a very good game for Saturday’s Wild Card. Henry is a much better player, with sneaky receiving upside, but unlike the Raiders, the Titans have other options on passing downs. Keeping Henry off the field will be key, so burning the clock, possessing the ball, and maximizing scoring opportunities will be key.

I expect the Bengals to do all they can to win time of possession, let Henry get his, but minimize the other Titan skill guys. If the Bengals can lock down A.J. Brown and not turn the ball over, Henry could still get his hundred yards but Cincinnati wins.

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