Week 3 saw the 0-2 Bengals travel to New Era Stadium in Buffalo to take on the 2-0 Bills. The Bengals entered the game as 6-point underdogs with the Over/Under closing at 43.5. Its interesting to note the line on this game opened at Buf-4 and bet up to Buf-6 by game time. The 21-17 final score meant that it was a matter of timing, as to whether or not you cashed a ticket on the Bengals.
Cincinnati started the game with eight penalties in the first quarter and would head into the locker room at halftime trailing 14-0. The Bengals saw their offense come together nicely though in the second half, scoring on three straight possessions, mainly on the arm of Andy Dalton, to take a 17-14 lead with 5:00 left in the game. The Bills would score on their next possession going seven plays for 78 yards in 3:04 to take the lead and eventually the win.
The Bengals are now 2-1 ATS and there have been some bright spots especially on the offensive side. Andy Dalton and the passing game have performed quite well through three games. Dalton has amassed 978 yards and five touchdowns to only three INT’s throughout the first three games. John Ross and Tyler Boyd have filled in well for the injured A.J. Green and Dalton is on pace to go well over his prop for total passing yards this season of 3,499.5. Through three games, Dalton is on pace for over 5,000 passing yards as he has thrown it over 35 times per game so far.
Now expect that to regress to mean of course, especially if they can’t get the running game figured out. Cincinnati has only 126 yards on the ground through the first three weeks. Teams will begin trying to take away the passing game even more and make the Bengals show that they can get things done on the ground. Something that I am not sure this team is capable of.
Bengals Odds to Grab Their First Win of the Season in Week 4 Against the Steelers
The Bengals will look to get in the win column this week in prime time as they travel to Heinz field in Pittsburgh to take on the division rival Steelers, who are also winless. The Steelers take an impressive 16 game Monday night (SU) home winning streak into this game and boy will they be hungry. Pittsburgh is coming off a 24- 20 loss in San Francisco last Sunday. A game that was just handed to them multiple times by the 49ers and the Steelers just couldn’t get it to together on offense with Mason Rudolph.
That may change in the friendly confines of Heinz field, and you know the Steelers will be ready to play. On both sides the running game will play an important role in this one. Both sides are yet to really get things going on the ground this year. Cincinnati is getting 4 points here on the road with a total of Over/ Under 43.5. Both teams with their backs against the wall, bitter divisional rivalry, under the Monday night lights, I’m looking forward to this one