Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals

Football betting on Sunday has the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Detroit Lions in preseason action.

The Bengals are a small NFL betting favorite in NFL week 2 odds. Here is a look at the football betting matchup.

Football betting gamblers could be attracted to the Lions even though the Bengals are the home team. The quarterback rotation for Detroit is stronger than Cincinnati’s. With Carson Palmer expected to play a quarter or less for the Bengals, the Lions could be the choice in football betting.  Detroit was a football betting winner last week in preseason action as they defeated the New York Giants 13-10. Head coach Rod Marinelli was happy with the first team offense. In the team’s opening drive, quarterback Jon Kitna completed 4-of-4 passes for 78 yards according to NFL betting stats. He finished the first quarter 6-of-7 for 106 yards with one touchdown for a quarterback rating of 158.3 according to football betting numbers. The Lions were not happy with the running game however as their leading rusher was backup quarterback Drew Stanton. “It’s like pounding the rock,” said Marinelli. “You keep swinging if it’s not breaking. And some guys cry about it, ‘Oh, it’s not going to break, it’s not going to break.’ Well, we’re going to break it and you just keep working at it.” Rookie running back Kevin Smith had eight carries for 22 yards according to football betting stats. Stanton finished the game going 5-of-6 for 27 yards passing, also running six times for 26 yards according to NFL betting stats. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky also played well, going 8-of-11 for 81 yards according to football betting stats.

Cincinnati is set at starting quarterback with Carson Palmer but has questions at the backup position according to football betting experts. The other three quarterbacks are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jeff Rowe and Jordan Palmer according to NFL betting depth charts. Fitzpatrick is the only one with any experience as he was a backup in St. Louis in addition to Cincinnati according to football betting info. Jordan Palmer is the rookie out of UTEP according to football betting info. Football betting experts know that he is Carson’s younger brother.