The Cincinnati Bengals hit the road on Sunday to play an inter-conference showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Bengals have opened up with two consecutive losses to start the season following a 35-30 set back last Thursday to the Cleveland Browns. However, rookie QB Joe Burrow is holding his own under center and the Bengals have lost by a total of just eight points through the first two outings.
Philadelphia has also lost each of its first two games of the regular season. In Week 1, the Eagles were defeated by NFC East rivals the Washington Redskins 27-17 and this past Sunday fell at home to the Los Angeles Rams 37-19. This week’s game has much more meaning to the Eagles as Philadelphia was expected to battle with Dallas for the NFC East crown and a third consecutive loss in the Week 3 could all but eliminate the Eagles hopes of reaching the postseason.
The line for this contest has shifted a bit as the week has gone on. Philadelphia opened the week as a 5.5-point favorite but that has been bet down to the Eagles -4 at this point. As it stands, the bets against the spread are even at 50 percent.
The over/under for this game originally was set at 45.5 points but has ticked up this week. As of Saturday night, the total has jumped to 47.5 points. A whopping 88 percent of the bets on the total are backing the over in this contest.
Game-time Weather: Temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the high-70s under cloudy skies. The clouds will give way somewhat to partly sunny skies as the game wears on. There is a minimal chance (less than five percent) with winds out of the east-northeast at less than 10 miles an hour.
Cincinnati defense has yet to show its faceAfter making offseason acquisitions such as D.J Reader at defensive tackle, the Bengals were expected to have a solid defense but in it's Week 2 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals defense could not stop the run as Cleveland rushed for 215 yards against a depleted front four for Cincinnati. Reader was an expensive acquisition during the offseason and was expected to complete a solid front line but defensive tackles Mike Daniels and Geno Atkins have gone down injured and Cincinnati gave up an average of 6.1 yards per rushing attempt to the Browns. Another sign that the Bengals defense is not holding its own was that safety Jessie Bates led the team with 10 tackles as the linebackers have yet to show their teeth.
On offense, rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has passed for 509 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. However, Burrow has also been sacked six times. As has been the case for a number of seasons, the running game for Cincinnati is poor as Joe Mixon has 115 yards through two games and the second-leading rusher is rookie quarterback Burrow with 65 yards. Tyler Boyd is leading the receivers corps with 105 yards and one touchdown. As a team, the Bengals are averaging 229 yards per game through the air which is 21st and just 95 yards per game on the ground which is 25th.
OUT: DT Geno Atkins, T Isaiah Prince, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, DT Josh Tupou, TE C.J. Uzomah, CB Trae Waynes, DT Renell Wren
Doubtful: DT Mike Daniels
Questionable: S Shawn Williams
Eagles have yet to find their offenseThe Philadelphia Eagles offense has played poorly through the first two weeks of the NFL regular season. The Eagles are scoring an average of 18 points per game which is 27th in the NFL, but more disturbing is the running game for the Eagles is 28th in the league with an average of 89 yards per game and the passing game is just the 22nd with an average of 225 yards per game. Carson Wentz has passed for 512 yards and two touchdowns but has a quarterback rating of just 23.2. To make matters worse, left guard Isaac Seumalo has been put on IR to further deplete an already thin offensive line.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles have allowed 271 yards rushing on 75 carries for an average of 3.6 yards per game and 417 yards through the air. The defense has been successful pressuring the passer as the Eagles have eight sacks through two weeks. However, the Eagles are allowing 32.0 points per game which is the seventh highest in the NFL and are scoring an average of just 18.0 points per game.
OUT: G Brandon Brooks, DE Vin Curry, T Andre Dillard, S Rudy Ford, WR Marquise Goodwin, DE Daeshon Hall, CB Craig James, WR Alshon Jeffery, S Will Parks, TE Josh Perkins, WR Jalen Reagor, OL Isaac Seumalo, WR Quez Watkins
Questionable: DT Fletcher Cox,
- Philadelphia is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 as the favorite
- The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 at home
- Cincinnati is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 on the road
- The Bengals are 19-9-2 ATS in the last 30 during September
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Bengals may come up short on the scoreboard, Cincinnati will cover the spread on Sunday against Philadelphia. The Bangles have covered the spread in nine of the last 13 on the road and nine of the last 12 when playing as the underdog. The Cincinnati defense Is allowing just 25.5 points per game and will pressure both the Eagles running game and passing game as Philadelphia has a depleted offensive line. Offensively quarterback Joe Burrow is averaging over 254 yards passing per game, has thrown three touchdowns and will keep the Bengals close throughout.
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals +6.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Philadelphia is allowing 32.0 points per game and Cincinnati is allowing 25.5 points per game. The total has finished over in seven of Philadelphia's last eight at home and in four of the Eagles last five when playing at home as the favorite. The total has also finished over in five of Cincinnati's last six overall as well as in four of the Bengals last 5 when handed the tag as underdog.
Prediction: OVER 46