Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
When: Sunday, September 23, 1:00 PM ET.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Carolina Panthers, who will be trying to rebound from their first loss of the season, on Sunday afternoon.
Bengals Hoping Offense Stays Hot
The Bengals weren’t considered a playoff threat heading into the season, but after winning their first two games in convincing fashion, the rest of the league has to give the Bengals some respect.
Cincinnati followed up a season-opening win over the Indianapolis Colts with an impressive win over the Baltimore Ravens, leaving them in sole possession of first place in the AFC North. They will be trying to make it three in a row this week when they face the Panthers. However, they will be without running back Joe Mixon, who is expected to miss at least two weeks after undergoing knee surgery on Saturday.
Without Mixon in the lineup, the Bengals will likely give Giovanni Bernard the start, and since he was projected to be the starter before the team drafted Mixon, the Bengals will be confident their offense won’t miss a beat without Mixon.
Quarterback Andy Dalton also looks sharper than he did last season when he went through the roughest patch of his career. Through two games, Dalton has played very well and was impressive against Baltimore, completing 24 of 42 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns, three of which were caught by A.J. Green.
Cincinnati will need Dalton to step up against the Panthers this week with Mixon on the sidelines. If Carolina struggles against the Bengals passing attack, this will be another blowout for Cincinnati.
Panther Hoping To Get running Game Going
The Panthers suffered a scare in their game against the Atlanta Falcons when quarterback Cam Newton took a shot to the head when Damontae Kazee hit Newton in the head with his helmet as he was going for a tackle. Kazee was ejected from the game and Newton was able to finish the game, but the Panthers are hoping they will be able to prevent a serious injury to their quarterback if they can run the ball successfully.
The Panthers finished the game with 121 rushing yards on 18 carries, but Newton accounted for 42 of those yards. Newton finished the game completing 32 of 45 passes for 335 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.
Carolina’s defense didn’t do a good job against the run, allowing the Falcons to rush for 170 yards on 32 carries. They will need to do a better job defending the run if they want to beat the Bengals on Sunday.
Newton should be able to find some holes in Cincinnati’s secondary because the Bengals gave up 376 passing yards to the Ravens, who abandoned the run after falling behind early in the game. If the Panthers run the ball well, Carolina’s offense will keep the Bengals guessing for most of the game.
- 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 250 total yards in their previous game.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 3.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Panthers have struggled against the spread when they give up more than 250 yards in their previous game and have also struggled against the spread in their last four week 3 games. The Bengals are perfect against the spread in their last four games and have also played well against the spread in their last six games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals +3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bengals have gone over in their first two games of the season thanks to an offense that is averaging 34 points per game. With the Panthers giving up 31 points at home this week, expect to see a high-scoring game.
Prediction: Over 43.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Bengals are averaging 34 points per game this season. Even though they are going up against a defense that is holding opponents to 19.5 points per game, they will score more than 20.5 points in this game because Dalton and A.J. Green are playing at a high level and they have a strong running game that will give Carolina’s defense issues.
Prediction: Bengals – Total Points Over 20.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Bengals average 19 points per game in the first half, while the Panthers average 10 points per game. Cincinnati’s defense is giving up 15 points in the first half while Carolina allows 8.5 points.
This will likely be a very close first half, but the Bengals will keep the score close or take the outright lead in the first half of this game because their offense has been great early in games, and Carolina’s offense will likely get off to another slow start because of the absence of Greg Olsen, who will miss the game with a foot injury.
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals +1.5
Half-Time Total Bet
The Panthers and Bengals are averaging 29 combined points in the first half of their first two games of the season and will play over in this game because the Bengals offense will score at least two touchdowns in the first half and the Panthers will have at least 10 points against Cincinnati’s defense, which is giving up 15 points in the first half.
Prediction: Over 22
Half-Time Prop Prediction
The Panthers are averaging 10 points in the first half this season and are going into this game without their best receiving threat. Cam Newton will be forced to carry most of the offensive load, which will make it easier for the Bengals’ defense, especially if the Panthers struggle to run the ball again.
Prediction: 1st Half Total Points Carolina Panthers Under 11.5