Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills - 8/26/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills - 8/26/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) at Buffalo Bills (9-8)

NFL Football: Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm (New Era Field)

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The Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills will be meeting up at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday in NFL preseason activity. 

The Bengals are coming off a disappointing 2017 in which they finished 7-9 overall and in third place in the AFC North. Cincinnati ended the year on a couple of high notes however, knocking both the Lions and Ravens out of the playoffs. 

So far this year, the Bengals are 2-0 in the preseason following victories over the Bears 30-27 and the Cowboys 21-13. In that Dallas game, Bengals QB Andy Dalton posted a 5-of-7 line for 41 yards while Tra Carson led the rush on 24 yards from six carries. 

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Over on the Bills’ side, they finished 9-7 and in second place in the AFC East last season, and were able to snag a Wild Card spot thanks to the Bengals’ win over the Ravens in Week 17. Buffalo fell in the Wild Card Game to the Jags 10-3. 

Buffalo is currently sitting at 1-1 this preseason following a 28-23 loss to the Panthers and a 19-17 win over the Browns. In the Cleveland game, Buffalo QBs Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman played well, combining for 173 yards and a pair of scores. 

The Bengals are 5-0 in their last five versus the AFC and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. Cincinnati is also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games on turf. 

Meanwhile, the Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the AFC. Buffalo is also 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games on turf. 

Bills fans are still extremely grateful to the Bengals for their playoff berth last season, so this should be a relatively friendly matchup and a fun one to watch. I’m not convinced either of these teams has what it takes to make a run in their respective divisions this year, but given the rosters I think the Bengals have more cohesion and veteran familiarity in the key spots. I’m going to go with Cincinnati here.

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Andrew’s Pick Cincinnati Bengals +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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