NFL – Regular Season Wk 1 – Bengals at Raiders Preview

September 7, 2015 NFL Football

Bengals PlayerThis coming week the 2015-16 NFL Regular season gets underway with the 1st game being played on Thursday the 10th of September 2015 with the Steelers playing at the Patriots at 7 PM ET with the Pats favored at -7 -105 with the Over/under 51 and -300 on ML, with underdog Steelers at + 7 and +250 on ML.

However, the bulk of the games take place on Sunday the 13th of September 2015 and the game we preview her is the Bengals of Cincinnati playing at the Raiders of Oakland at 4:30 PM ET with the game played at the O. co Coliseum, in Oakland, California and seen on CBS TV.

The opening odds at SBG Global have the Bengals as the favorites at -3 with the Over/under at 44 and -170 on the ML, with the Raiders the underdogs at +3 and +150 on the ML. The atmosphere in Oakland is very noisy as the fans think the Raider is ready to be victorious with QB D. Carr and M. Crabtree additions to the offense. However, the Raiders begin this season against the Bengals, a team looking for redemption from a lousy playoff outing in 2014. We wonder can Oakland beat Cincinnati to open their season with a win.

If you Bet on NFL and are a fan of the Bengals of Cincinnati, be sure and check out the SBG site for the best odds for NFL football. So now you’re QB A. Dalton is ready for this upcoming season, and in the preseason game he scored on a 1 yard run, completed 6 passes for 52 yards, and then left this preseason game. His back-up A.J. McCarron went 12 for 17 with 1 TD and 150 yards. Regardless either QB will have a solid receiver in A. Green who in 2014 had 6 TD’s with 69 receptions that went for 1,042 total yards.

Since the Raider struggled on passing defense and was 5th in the league, the Bengals can get on the scoreboard with their efficient passing game, plus they have a decent running game lead by RB J. Hill. In 2014 Hill was 2nd in the league as he scored 9 TD’s and had 1,125 total rushing yards, and he was a back-up RB.

On defense Cincinnati have some great secondary players that can create problems for Oakland as CB’s A. Jones and D. Kirkpatrick in 2014 were very solid in their defensive coverage. Kirkpatrick was the only Bengals player to have a pick six in 2014. The Bengals in their ultimate 7 games on the road have gone under the total.

For the Raiders of Oakland fans, you know that if the Bengals come to this game thinking they will be playing the same struggling Raiders of 2014, then they will get a surprise, as this season they are ready, as they showed in their preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in week 3 preseason.

In that game the Raiders sacked the Arizona QB C. Palmer some 3 times, twice by star LB K. Mack. Their SS N. Allen also made 2 intercepts. So the Raiders secondary defense can be helpful, since Bengals QB Dalton threw some 17 intercepts in 2014, and that was 2nd in the conference. But remember the Bengals ranked 3rd in the league as they allowed just 22 sacks in 2014.

In the last preseason game the Raider did not play that well with QB D. Carr who was 18 of 34 for 214 yards and 1 intercept. Receivers did better as A. Cooper caught 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards, while TE M. Rivera caught 3 of 4 for some 45 yards in that game, and the running game for Oakland struggled in that game. The Raiders had to thank FG kicker S. Janikowski who kept them victorious has he made 5 FG’s for 15 points in the game. In the last 3 home games the Raiders have been the underdogs, and managed to win all 3 of those home games.

The prediction is that the Raiders of Oakland with a new coach and a new look prove to be a solid team, and they will cover the spread and upset the visiting Bengals.