NFL betting favors the Cincinnati Bengals as they open up the regular season at home against the Denver Broncos.
The Bengals have high hopes for a big season with a healthy Carson Palmer while the football betting expectations for the Broncos are much lower.
NFL betting could be interesting in this game since neither starting quarterback has played recently. Denver’s Kyle Orton hurt his finger weeks ago and hasn’t played since while Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer has not played due to a sprained ankle. Both are expected in the lineup on Sunday in NFL betting with Palmer looking to be full strength. "It’s not the best situation," Palmer said. "You’ve got to go with what you’ve got and roll with the punches in this league." Palmer doesn’t seem worried since he is a veteran and has been in this situation before. "I’m much more experienced. I’m more of a veteran. I’m more comfortable in our offense and more comfortable with the guys around me.” Palmer will be tested by a Broncos defense that could be improved this NFL betting season.
The Broncos are hoping that quarterback Kyle Orton’s finger is healed enough to allow him to play on Sunday. If not, backup Chris Simms would get the start. The football betting issue for Orton is the stitches in his finger but the situation with Simms is not much better since he has not gotten much time with the first string offense. Denver is expected to get Brandon Marshall back from his team imposed suspension and they also acquired defensive end Vonnie Holliday who as played with Green Bay, Kansas City and Miami Dolphins in his 11 NFL seasons.
NFL betting trends do not favor Denver in this game. The Broncos are 4-9 in NFL betting in their last 13 games as a road underdog. The Broncos are 10-29-1 in NFL betting in their last 40 games overall.
The NFL betting trends on Cincinnati are somewhat mixed. The Bengals are 4-1 against the NFL betting odds in their last 5 home games but they are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. the AFC.
Looking at the NFL betting totals we see that the Over is 7-0 in the Broncos last 7 games in September. The Over is 10-3-2 in the Broncos last 15 NFL betting games as an underdog. The football betting trends on the Bengals point to an under as the Under is 4-0 in the Bengals last 4 games as a favorite and the Under is 4-0 in the Bengals last 4 games as a home football betting favorite.