Ron Jaworski, one of ESPN's NFL experts, predicted that the Cincinnati Bengals would defeat the Seattle Seahawks last week. Jaworski wasn't the only one; everyone at ESPN selected the Bengals.
And true to their nature this year, the Bengals pulled through with a 22-point win.
Now with the Bengals heading to Tennessee, facing one of their toughest games at this point this year, the ESPN experts are slightly more divided with Merrill Hoge, Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and Seth Wickersham selecting the Titans.
Yet the one that completely matters is Ron Jaworski's selection. Save for the season-opening selection of the Cleveland Browns, Jaworski's selections when predicting Cincinnati's games have been accurate every week since. Of the ESPN experts, Jaws was the only one that selected Cincinnati's upset win over the Buffalo Bills in week four.
And Jaworski's selection this week: The Cincinnati Bengals.
Peter King isn't ready to give the Bengals the edge against a tougher opponent this week, predicting a 16-13 Titans win writing:
No knock on the Bengals. Just the realization that their hold on playoff contention is still tenuous, and the Titans, playing at home, will match their defensive intensity if not quality of rotation. Matt Hasselbeck realizes Chris Johnson's been kidnapped and been replaced by some fraud with JOHNSON stitched on the back of his jersey. What to do, what to do. This becomes a passing day for Tennessee.
The NFL experts at CBSSports.com all have the Bengals beating the Titans.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com offers a weekly analysis with games of interest, making a prediction on those games. With the Tennessee Titans favored by 3.5 points this weekend, Judge doesn't see the Titans beating the Bengals this Sunday:
Cincinnati showed me something by traveling to Seattle last week and holding off the Seahawks. Granted, Seattle stinks, but it has a history of pulling upsets at home, and I thought last week would be one of them. It wasn't, and maybe it's time to start recognizing Cincinnati for what it is -- a legitimate playoff contender.
The Bengals found a quarterback in Andy Dalton, 5-2 as a rookie and 3-1 on the road. They have the game's best young receiver in A.J. Green. Their defense is sound. And their defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer, is doing a terrific job of stonewalling opponents. Only once this season have the Bengals allowed more than 20 points, and opposing running backs have little or no luck against them.
You can look it up: They rank second vs. the run and allow 3.3 yards per rush. Of course, that's a half-yard better than Chris Johnson's per-carry numbers, which means it's up to Matt Hasselbeck to win this game. I say he won't.
Though it's questionable if Adam Jones will play this Sunday, Judge views Jones' return to Tennessee as one of the best faceoffs this weekend.