Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 23, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Panthers -3 -- Over/Under: 43.5
The Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday in NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bengals look for their second road in of the season to start 3-0 for the third time in the last five years. The Cincinnati Bengals have won three of their last four road games. Andy Dalton is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 508 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Dalton has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 13 games. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd have combined for 278 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Tyler Eifert has five receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 104.5 yards per contest, and Joe Mixon leads the way with 179 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 23 points and 402.5 yards per game. Nick Vigil leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 20 tackles, Geno Atkins has three sacks and Preston Brown has one interception.
The Carolina Panthers hope to remain unbeaten at home to keep pace in the competitive NFC South. The Carolina Panthers have won each of their last six home games. Cam Newton is completing 69 percent of his passes for 496 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Newton has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his last 13 games. Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess have combined for 265 receiving yards on 30 receptions while Jarius Wright has eight receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 134 yards per contest, and Newton leads the way with 100 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 19.5 points and 337 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 21 tackles, Kawann Short has two sacks and Donte Jackson has one interception.
The Bengals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 19-7-2 ATS in their last 28 games in September and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on grass and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Bengals are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Cincinnati Bengals are off to a flying start, but we've seen this movie before, and it usually ends with Dalton throwing three interceptions a game, the defense making stupid mistakes and the upper management giving Marvin Lewis a lifetime contract. The Bengals are on fire offensively and have had 10 days to prepare for this game. The Bengals are also 6-3 ATS in their last nine games when an underdog of at least three points. However, the injury to Joe Mixon is key, as he took pressure off of Dalton to do everything, and he'll be missed against this Carolina defense. The Panthers should be getting some guys back from injury on offense and that Carolina defense has allowed 21 or less points in four of its last six home games. This feels like a game where the Panthers will be able to control the tempo, the defense creates a turnover late and the home team grinds out a victory. I'll lay the field goal.