News Center 7′s James Rider travels to Nashville to cover Bengals vs. Titans playoff game

DAYTON — Ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals’ first appearance in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs since 1991, News Center 7′s James Rider is making the trip down I-71 and I-65 to Nashville to cover the game.

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Saturday’s game will air on WHIO-TV with kickoff at 4:30 p.m. and features the fourth-seeded Bengals taking on the top-seeded team in the AFC, the Tennessee Titans. The Bengals are coming of a Wild Card win over the Las Vegas Raiders last weekend, the franchise’s first playoff win in 31 years.

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The Titans on the other hand had last weekend off, earning the lone bye week as the top seed in the conference.

The sports books in Las Vegas currently predict a tight game between the two teams, with the Titans favored by around a field goal and the final score projected around 25-22 in favor of the top seed Titans.

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While the Bengals boast one of the best passing attacks and offensive weapons in the league, Tennessee has a great rushing attack and might be getting healthy at the right time. Former All-Pro running back Derrick Henry, still considered one of the most dominant runners in the league, is practicing this week after breaking a bone in his foot in Week 8.

Henry could play in Saturday’s game but his status still remains undetermined.

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The Bengals did get some good news on the injury front Thursday with defensive end Trey Hendrickson being cleared for practice as a full participant after having a concussion last weekend.

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Coming up through Saturday, Rider will be looking at the unique ties between the Bengals and Titans as well as the Bengals pursuit for continuing their historical season.

James Rider

James Rider

I was born in Virginia and have moved several times in my life as a member of an Air Force family. I've lived in Virginia, California, Germany, England, and Ohio. I graduated from Centerville High School and then went on to attend Ball State University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree.