Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 11, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -1 -- Over/Under: 44.5
The Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals square off Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Seattle Seahawks look for three straight victories to get a game above a .500 record. Russell Wilson is completing 71.7 percent of his passes for 979 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Wilson has a touchdown pass in 10 of his last 11 games. Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin have combined for 434 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jimmy Graham has 18 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 128 yards per contest, and Wilson leads the way with 177 yards on 34 carries. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 17.8 points and 278.8 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seahawks with 34 tackles, Michael Bennett has two sacks and Cliff Avril has four pass deflections. Brandon Mebane, Marshawn Lynch and Kevin Pierre-Louis are questionable.
The Cincinnati Bengals look for another big victory to improve to 5-0 on the season. Andy Dalton is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,187 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Dalton has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert have combined for 639 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Marvin Jones has 10 receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 128 yards per contest, and Giovani Bernard leads the way with 297 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincy is allowing 19.3 points and 364.8 yards per game. Vincent Rey leads the Bengals with 36 tackles, Carlos Dunlap has 3.5 sacks and Adam Jones has four pass deflections. Marcus Hardison and George Iloka are questionable.
The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 5 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bengals are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 5 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Seahawks are coming off a short week, played sloppy against the Lions and now have to go on the road to play the Bengals, who currently make a strong case as the best team in the NFL. I’m not real confident in Seattle going on the road and winning this game. After all, the Seahawks have had issues the past couple of seasons of winning away from home.
I see this game being the Bengals real coming out party and making an even stronger statement to the rest of the league. The Bengals are for real, folks.