The Cincinnati Bengals won their first game of the season this past Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers but they weren’t particularly impressive – not against a Steeler team whose offensive line was decimated and whose quarterback was off. Can the Bengals beat an elite opponent this weekend when they take on the Green Bay Packers? That’s a question the rest of the NFL betting community wants to get an answer to.
Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, September 15th – 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
NFL Odds: Packers -2.5
Why The Packers Can Cover The Spread:
They are by far the better, more reliable, more proven team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Green Bay has a more mature and seasoned kind of talent when compared to Cincinnati. The Packers – most of them, at any rate – are part of the team that won the Super Bowl three seasons ago and then went 15-1 two seasons ago. Aaron Rodgers is a much better quarterback than Cincinnati signal caller Andy Dalton. What’s more is that Rodgers has receivers who have done more in the NFL than Cincinnati’s. Yes, Bengal wideout A.J. Green is a superstar, but Green Bay has the better overall corps of pass catchers, especially since tight end Jermichael Finley is reducing his amount of dropped passes this season. Green Bay has a polished offense, whereas Cincinnati’s offense is more of a case study in unfulfilled potential – considerable potential, but unfulfilled potential nevertheless. If you are going to trust a team, a quarterback, and an offense with a clutch drive in a game that is expected to produce a lot of points on both sides, you should definitely trust Green Bay more than you should trust Cincinnati. In the final two minutes of the game, expect Rodgers and not Dalton to come through. That’s a simple but powerful way of distinguishing the Packers from the Bengals in this week-three battle.
Why The Bengals Can Cover The Spread:
Their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while not impressive on many levels, could provide a sort of emotional release. Cincinnati has regularly played in the shadow of the Steelers in recent years. Pittsburgh and, to a slightly lesser extent, Baltimore have lorded themselves over Cincinnati in the AFC North. The Bengals have not won a playoff game in the past two decades, and head coach Marvin Lewis, despite leading the team for the past decade, has failed to get over the hump. Beating Pittsburgh at home could give Cincinnati the emotional freedom to play its best. The Bengals have been well below par to this point, but beating the Steelers in what felt like an emotional game could be a release valve for Cincinnati, a threshold which – now that it has been crossed – could unlock the very best from this snake-bitten franchise. The Steelers aren’t a good team, but they represent an emotional barrier. Now that Cincinnati has crossed such a barrier, the Bengals might be ready to come of age and live up to their level of talent.
Outlook & NFL Football Betting Prediction:
The Packers’ potency on offense is hard to ignore. What’s just as hard to ignore is Cincinnati’s inconsistency and its ability to sustain a high level of performance for 60 whole minutes. Green Bay should win and cover against the NFL spread.
Pick: Green Bay -2.5