Bengals Falcons Odds
This Sunday at 1:00 ET the Bengals (2-3) travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons (4-2). Matt Ryan hasn’t lost in the Georgia Dome since his rookie season and Falcons look to rebound after a tough loss to the Eagles last week, 31-17. The Bengals are coming off a bye and look to finally get this season on track after losing to the Bucs two weeks ago. Interested in the odds? Right now the Falcons are favored by 3.
Cincinnati had an extra week to prep for this one, and they probably needed it to digest losing the Bucs, 24-21, in week 5. So far this season the Bengals have fallen short of the hype. On paper they look great, on the field – not so much. In week 5, Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards with 2 touchdowns, but his 3 picks were too much for the Bengals to overcome. Against the Bucs, Cedric Benson put up decent numbers, 144 yards on 23 carries, but I don’t expect his numbers to be as good this week as the Falcons have the leagues 9th best run defense allowing only 97.8 yards per game.
Any doubters as to how Palmer and Terrell “The Quarterback Killer” Owens would mesh have been silenced for now because the ageless Owens has been dominate in his last two outings – 17 receptions for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns. Keep in mind, though, that the last two games have been against the Bucs and Browns, and in each game the Bengals ended up losing. Things don’t get any easier for them either, with games against Miami, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis before finally getting a softball with Buffalo in week 11. Cincinnati is sitting at 3rd in the AFC North and with the way Pittsburgh and Baltimore are playing, this season may already be over if they can’t put a decent win streak together over the next few weeks.
Last week Atlanta got punched in the mouth by Philadelphia and will certainly be looking for a victory against the Bengals to maintain the NFC South division lead over the New Orleans Saints. Michael Turner has put up decent yards (466 on 108 carries), but has only found the end zone once. Matt Ryan continues to improve and already has 1415 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Cincinnati’s defense is ok, but nothing spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, so the Falcons should be able to move the ball and they’ll need all the points they can get with league’s 25th ranked pass defense. Especially considering that Atlanta might be without starting cornerback Dunta Robinson, as he is still experiencing some issues with the concussion he sustained while laying a vicious hit on DeSean Jackson last week.
With the extra week to game plan and stew about their subpar start to the season, I look for Cincinnati to get back on the winning track this weekend. Despite Matt Ryan’s impressive home win streak, Carson Palmer and company should be able to exploit Atanta’s spotty pass defense which will open things up for Cedric Benson. If Cincinnati’s defense plays like they’re capable of playing, the Bengals will win this one 28-17.