SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans face off in Week 9 of the NFL season in a surprisingly important clash with playoff implications
The Cincinnati Bengals were supposed to be a bad team. With a rookie quarterback, a rookie No. 1 receiver, other mediocre offensive options and a mediocre defense, most expected them to be among the league's basement dwellers. Instead, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green look nothing like rookies while the defense has been just good enough to help them to four consecutive wins. In Week 9, they take on the Tennessee Titans, another surprise wild card contender.
Following a couple of absolutely fantastic seasons, Titans running back Chris Johnson decided to hold out for more money. He eventually returned to the field and hasn't done anything to show he deserves a big check, rushing for under three yards per carry this season. He's actually starting to lose carries to Javon Ringer, and if the Titans are going to be a playoff time, Johnson is going to need to up his game.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, November 6, 4:05pm ET
Location: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Announcers: Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Bengals: ESPN 1530 AM and 102.7 WEBN FM
Titans: 104.5 WGFX FM