If nothing else, it was an exciting game for Bengals fans on Sunday; in spite of another loss sending Cincinnati to 0-5 for the first time since 2008. As 3-point home favorites coming into the contest the Bengals held an impressive opening drive that consisted of nine straight running plays but only resulting in a field goal. The run game could not get going after that however and Cincinnati only amassed 108 total yards on the ground, 60 of which were on that opening drive.
Kyler Murray had a great day on the ground for the Cardinals with 93 yds and a TD. Murray was also 20- 32 through the air for 253 yards and of course got his first win as a pro. Andy Dalton continued his good statistical season with another 262 yards and 2 scores. As of week 5 Andy Dalton is projected to go well over his season passing total prop of 3,750.5 yards and it looks as though that should continue. Dalton performed well again on Sunday and if his receivers had a few less drops I think we would be talking about a win rather than the doom and gloom of 0 – 5.
Bengals did receive some positive news on Thursday as A.J. Green returned to practice with the team. With the trade deadline looming Green did address the trade rumors that have been surrounding him following practice saying “I’m prepared for anything, a trade’s not going to change who I am. I’m still going to play, I’m still going to be A.J.” A trade of Green could really set the table for a long season in the Queen city. Having lost John Ross to IR last week the return of A.J. Green would be very welcome sight, we’ll have to see how things play out between now and the NFL trade deadline of Tuesday, October 29th at 4:00.
Some rumored landing places for Green include New England, New Orleans and Oakland but as of now there is no real front runner and for what its worth, head coach Zac Taylor stated Thursday that team would not be trading Green.
Things Don’t Get Any Easier as the Bengals Hit the Road to Take on the Ravens: Week 6 Bengals Odds and Bengals Preview
This week the Bengals will travel to Baltimore in search of their first win of the season. The 3 – 2 Ravens sit alone atop the AFC North and come into the game as 11.5 point favorites. Baltimore is 0 – 3 – 1 ATS since their opening game romp of the Miami Dolphins. The defense isn’t what it used to be and adding to that is the loss of safety Tony Jefferson for the season with an ACL tear. Jefferson was the leader and play caller on that defense and will be sorely missed I’m sure.
The Over / Under on the game opened at 47.5 and has been bet up to 48. I feel the Bengals are the definition of a live dog this week against the division rival Ravens. Catching 11.5 to a division rival is usually a good spot and record aside I don’t believe the Bengals have played all that poorly this season. They should at least make it a game in Baltimore.