It was a tough day for the Bengals on Sunday as they suffered their worst defeat of the season, falling 49 – 13, at the hands of their division foe Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals were 10.5-point home underdogs with an Over / Under set at 44. The game was never really in question as Baltimore and Lamar Jackson started fast and never looked back. Lamar Jackson dazzled, and added legitimacy to his MVP Talks after throwing for 233 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. He did this all while adding 65 highlight reel rushing yards and another score on the ground.
Ryan Findley’s NFL debut, on the other hand, did not go quite as well. Even with an extra week to prepare, the Bengals and Finely were unable to see much success against an improving Raven’s defense. Finley finished the game 16 -30 for 167 yards and a touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert. Finley’s two turnovers (a pick six and a costly fumble) contributed to the blowout but the Bengal defense, most notably their depleted linebacking core, can be blamed for the majority of problems leading to the lopsided outcome.
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The loss sends the Bengals to 0 – 9 on the season and 3 – 6 ATS. With Miami now playing better ball and boasting a 2-game winning streak, Cincinnati is now the odds-on favorite to land the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft where they will no doubt be looking for quarterback. The odds on a “Perfect” 0 – 16 season are now +600 and dropping.
Following the game on Sunday they were at +700 and by Wednesday the Bengals odds were down to +600; telling us the chances are getting slimmer and slimmer that the Bengals will be able to pull one of these games out. If you are confident in the getting that win you will have to lay -1000 in order to bet on it, seems like a risky play given the current state of this team.
The Bengals Spread, Moneyline and Over/Under Against the Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati heads to Oakland on Sunday, once again as double digit underdogs ( +10.5 ), to the surprising Oakland Raiders and John Gruden who is slowly creeping his way into coach of the year talks. Sportsbooks are expecting a bit of a higher scoring game with the Over / Under set at 49. Once again A.J. Green will not suite up in this one, citing more setbacks in his return from offseason surgery.
I have a feeling if the Bengals were over .500 or in contention at all for a playoff spot, Green would have been on the field by now. Look for the running game to be a bit more of the focus this week. The Bengal’s had some success running the ball last week against Baltimore and I feel it will be a key factor in whether or not the Bengals can pull this one out or at least cover the number. If they do, I expect a good game from Joe Mixon.
It has been reported the Colin Kaepernick will be holding a workout for NFL teams and Bengals are said to be one of those teams in attendance. Sportsbooks are actually making the Bengals the odds-on favorites to land Kaepernick with odds of +350. Things would get a lot more interesting in Cincinnati should something like that happen. Stay tuned.