After a well played and hard-fought loss to the Seahawks in Seattle week 1. The Bengals were looking to get in the win column on Sunday in their home opener against the 49ers. Coming into the game as 1-point favorites the Bengals were looking to build upon some of the positives that came out of the loss to the Seahawks. Instead they were handed a 41-17 drubbing at the hands of the now 2-0 49ers and sending the Bengals to 0-2 on the season; ending their 5 game ATS winning streak going back to last season. San Francisco dominated this game throughout amassing 259 yards on the ground while holding the Bengals to a mere 25.
The 49ers seemed to be running free all day, poor coverage and even worse tacking was on display as we saw 49ers receivers and running backs consistently open with room to run. Statistically Andy Dalton had an above average game going 26/42 for 311 yds, two TDs and one interception. The duo of Tyler Boyd (10 receptions for 122yds) and John Ross (four receptions for 112yds) have filled in very well thus far, for the injured A.J. Green.
Dalton has now had back-to-back 300+ passing games (418 week1 vs Sea) and the two young receivers look like the real deal and real threats to break off big plays at any point.
According to oddsmakers Andy Dalton is now +2300 to finish the season with the league lead in passing yards. After week 2 he sits second behind Patrick Mahomes, roughly 100 yds off the pace. We have seen the Bengals pass 51 times verses the Seahawks and now 41 times against the 49ers with no Joe Mixon in sight (11 rushes for 17 yds).
It will depend on the development of the two young wide outs and the timing of the return of A.J. Green but there is no doubt that in a Patrick Mahomes-less world Dalton would be a plus play for the season passing yards title at +2300.
Bengals Odds Heading into Their NFL Week 3 Matchup Against the Bills
Week 3 sees Cincinnati head to Buffalo to take on the 2-0 Bills. The line opened at BUF -4 and was quickly bet up to BUF -6. The total opened up at O/U 42 and went up to O/U 44. The Bengals have won four out of the last five straight up against Buffalo while also seeing seven of the past nine games against Buffalo go over the total. They really need to get things right defensively this week in practice and start making some tackles.
The big plays given up to the 49ers could easily be replicated by the mobile Josh Allen and the young Bills backfield this week. Joe Mixon, who struggle to get going against San Francisco, is now sitting at +4700 to finish the season with most rushing yards in the league. John Ross and Tyler Boyd are +2300 and +4400 respectively, to win the receiving crown. Expect a better performance out the Bengals this week in what should be a good matchup with the Buffalo Bills.