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With a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense led by a resurgent quarterback, the Cincinnati Bengals have established themselves as one of the top teams in the NFL. The Bengals seek to extend their home winning streak to a record 11 straight games and start a season 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. It could be a long afternoon for the Titans and mercurial quarterback Jake Locker after they managed just 68 yards in the first half against a Dallas defense that surrendered 415 yards a game in 2013.

The Titans will provide Andy Dalton and the Bengals a stern test through the air, having allowed a league-low 163 passing yards through two games. Dalton could be without his top weapon, wide receiver A.J. Green, who left early last week with a toe injury. "If it's feeling good, then I'm going to go," Green said after practice Wednesday. "If it's not, then we'll go from there."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Bengals -7. O/U: 43

ABOUT THE TITANS (1-1): Tennessee, which is second in the NFL with eight sacks, has shown a formidable pass rush since switching to the 3-4. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes to bring defensive backs on the blitz, but beware, Dalton burned the Falcons' blitz last week with a 74-yard TD to Mohamed Sanu. Dalton was 6-of-9 against extra pass rushers on the game. Fans in Nashville are getting impatient with Locker, who couldn't convert any of his third downs passing against Dallas in the first half, leading to a big deficit and just 19 minutes of possession time for the game.

ABOUT THE BENGALS (2-0): A slimmer Dalton is completing 66 percent of his passes for 553 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but even more impressive is no sacks or turnovers in wins against Baltimore and Atlanta. Giovani Bernard, who had a career-high 169 yards from scrimmage last week, is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. The Bengals will look to get him going against a defense that was slashed for 220 yards and a 5.1 average by the Cowboys last week. Led by linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, the defense is yielding a league-low 5.43 yards per pass play and has stymied both Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, but there is concern over linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was diagnosed with a concussion in each game this season.


1. The Bengals lead the AFC with 426 total yards per game and a plus-five takeaway margin.

2. Titans TE Delanie Walker had 10 catches for 140 yards and a 61-yard TD against the Cowboys - the first Titan to reach those marks since Drew Bennett in 2004.

3. The Bengals won a franchise-high 10 straight games during the 1988-89 season.

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Last Injuries

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Austin Calitro

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Calitro will be on the injured reserve for an extended period due to a hamstring injury.

  • Geno Atkins

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Atkins has sat out the past three games due to a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Sunday versus the Jaguars.

  • Mackensie Alexander

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Alexander is bothered by a rib injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's clash with the Jaguars.

  • Logan Wilson

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wilson is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and it is undetermined if he will be active against the Jaguars on Sunday.

  • Mike Daniels

    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Daniels was held out of the previous game with a groin injury, and it is unlikely that he will suit up Sunday versus the Eagles.

  • LeShaun Sims

    Prob Sun | probable

    Sims has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter, but he is likely to take the field against the Eagles on Sunday.

  • Shawn Williams

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Williams has missed the last two games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Sunday against the Eagles.

  • C.J. Uzomah

    I-R | I-R

    Uzomah has hit the injured reserve list a torn right Achilles.

Tennessee Titans

  • Derick Roberson

    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Roberson has missed the past three games with an illness and a knee injury. It is unclear if he will make his season debut Week 5 against the Bills.

  • DaQuan Jones

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Kamalei Correa

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Correa has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Chris Jackson

    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Jackson was held out of the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part Week 5 versus the Bills.

  • Taylor Lewan

    Ques Week 5 | questionable

    Lewan exited the previous game due to a left shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Bills in Week 5.

  • Beau Brinkley

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brinkley has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • A.J. Brown

    Prob Week 5 | probable

    Brown has sat out the previous two games with a bone bruise in his knee, but it is likely that he will return against the Bills in Week 5.

  • Senorise Perry

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Perry has been assigned to the injured reserve list with an undetermined ailment, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.