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Six Things to Watch in Titans-Bengals Game on Sunday

Posted Nov 10, 2017

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers six things to watch in Sunday's Week 10 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Here’s a look at six things to watch:

A busy Adoree’ Jackson?

Jackson has been fun to watch ever since he put on a Titans uniform, and now we’re seeing even more of him. Jackson played on offense for the first time last week, and he darted loose for a 20-yard gain. Will we see him even more of that moving forward, on top of his duties on defense and special teams? Stay tuned. And could this be the week Jackson breaks a long one in the return game? The Bengals are ranked 30th in the NFL in punt coverage, and they allowed a 63-yard punt return for a score last week vs the Jaguars.

Kevin Byard could make more history

The Titans safety is on a roll, intercepting passes and changing games each week. Byard had three interceptions in Week 7 at Cleveland and two more in the Titans’ 23-20 victory over Baltimore in Week 9. With an interception on Sunday, Byard would join Jairus Byrd (2009), Albert Lewis (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Kenny Easley (1984) and Mike Hayes (1976) as the only players in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) with six interceptions over a three-game span in a single season. With two interceptions on Sunday, Byard would become the first player in the Super Bowl era with seven interceptions over a three-game span in a single season. Keep an eye on No. 31.

Marcus Mariota’s movement

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota looked more like himself last week, and his improved health should allow him to do even more moving forward. Mariota, 8-3 in his last 11 starts, threw for two touchdowns and a 100.0 rating last week. Against the Bengals he’ll be aiming for his fourth in a row at home with a 99-plus rating. In the past nine games at home, Mariota has 16 passing touchdowns and three interceptions for a 106.0 rating.

More Corey Davis?

Davis played 39 of the team’s 53 snaps last week against the Ravens, and he made a pair of catches for 28 yards. One of the grabs was a spectacular catch on the sideline. The Titans expect their big and talented receiver to make even more of an impact moving forward. The Bengals are talented in the secondary, and they’re ranked fifth overall in pass defense. But Davis is a guy who can win one-on-one battles, and I look for him to get more targets than he did last week.

A.J. Green’s targets

Green has gotten plenty of attention for his fight with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. It earned the Bengals receiver an ejection, and a hefty fine. Now, he has something to prove after being called out and questioned since. Green hasn’t been a factor in recent weeks, with just seven catches (3, 3 and 1) in the team’s last three games. Look for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to try and get Green more involved right out of the gate.

Adam ‘Pacman” Jones

He was Pacman Jones when Titans fans last saw him at Nissan Stadium. The team’s first-round pick in the 2005 electrified the crowd at times with his play, but at the same time he frustrated his coaches and the team because of his frequent missteps off the field. Jones goes by Adam now, not Pacman. He wears No.24, not 32. Jones plays in the Cincinnati secondary, and in his 11th NFL season he’s still capable of making plays. I’m sure he’d love nothing more than to make some against his old team in his return to Nashville.