The Cincinnati Bengals are online NFL betting favorites, after a performance on Sunday in which they shed blood, sweat, and teeth to beat the Browns, to get their second win of the season versus the Buffalo Bills. Bengals rookie defensive end Carl Lawson lost, following an unsuccessful attempt to sack Browns QB DeShone Kizer, two teeth. That’s why a mouthpiece is so important. That’s why Brock Lesnar has Paul Heyman.
- Date: Sunday, 8th October
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
- Sportsbook NFL betting online odds:
Bills +2½ (+105) 38½ (-110)
Bengals -2½ (-125) 38½ (-110)
Return of the Red Rifle
Cincy QB Andy Dalton had, following his disastrous week 1 performance, nowhere but up to go, and up he has gone under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Dalton completed 77.8% of his passes for two TDs and no picks in week 3 and 83.3% of his passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday. It’s the Bengals defense, however, that has them, even though they are 1-3 and the Bills 3-1 (including a huge upset to be discussed further below), pegged as faves by 2½ points. Cincy had, in spite of everything, one of the best units in the league in the first three weeks of play, and it just got that much better once Vontaze Burfict rejoined the fray. The Bengals rank third in the league with just 16.8 points allowed per game. To the Bengals’ credit, though they probably weren’t deliberately trying to do so, they got an ATS win even before they had an SU win. They are, however, 2-7-1 ATS against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an against-the- online NFL betting-spread win.
The future’s so bright the Bills gotta wear shades
According to the WaPo’s Adam Kilgore, “The future is bright for the Buffalo Bills, and the present isn’t so bad,” and when that present includes upsetting Super Bowl LI runner-ups the Atlanta Falcons, it’s hard to argue with that assessment. The statement win came at a cost, though; receiver Jordan Matthews is going to require surgery for a broken thumb, as is linebacker Ramon Humber, while safety Colt Anderson will need surgery for a broken forearm. “We’re not where we need to be,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott following the game. If he meant that they probably needed to be in the hospital, then he was absolutely right. Buffalo is, all things considered, in pretty good shape, not just, as mentioned above, 3-1 SU, but also 4-0 ATS. Appearances may be deceiving, though. The Bills lead the league in points allowed with13.5 per game, but have scored only a little over that, 18.3 points per game. Taking into account the fact, that as mentioned above, the Bengals also give up few points, and it isn’t hard to see the online NFL betting total going under between these two teams, contrary to what has happened in seven of their last eight meetings.