Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) at Buffalo Bills (9-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm (New Era Field)
The Line: Buffalo Bills -1.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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.
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.