The Tennessee Titans (7-3) have a sizable advantage over the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) in a rematch from last year’s AFC Divisional Round.

The Titans are playing host to the visiting Bengals this Sunday, aiming to exact revenge from last postseason. Though both teams have undergone change since their last meeting, one similarity remains on Cincinnati’s side – an inept offensive line.

The Titans should look to dominate in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The Bengals enter the contest having allowed 34 sacks on the season, which is the fourth-most in the NFL.

In last year’s postseason clash, the Titans sacked Joe Burrow nine times. Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons was solely responsible for three of those.

Despite dealing with injuries all over its defensive line, Tennessee has managed to sack opposing quarterbacks 30 times, ranking 10th in the league. The team has managed to create all sorts of chaos in opponents’ backfields, no matter which assortment of pass rushers have their hands in the dirt.

Coming off a magical Super Bowl run, Cincinnati attempted to hide its glaring weakness in pass protection with loads of money. However, the new haul of high-priced offensive linemen have yet to gel through 10 games.

While the statuses of Simmons, Bud Dupree, and Denico Autry all figure to be a mystery, as is somewhat of a weekly tradition, the unit should be comfortable if a depth piece or two are thrust into action.

The Titans are one of the toughest teams in the sport, relying on physicality to outlast opponents. That will be no different on Sunday in this highly-anticipated rematch between two AFC contenders.

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