Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks - 9/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 3:05 PM (CenturyLink Field)
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 44
The Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks meet Sunday in NFL action at CenturyLink Field.
The Cincinnati Bengals have missed the playoffs each of the last three years and finally begin a new era under coach Zac Taylor. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost each of their last five road games. The Cincinnati Bengals have won four of their last five regular season openers. The Cincinnati Bengals finished last year ranked 26th in offensive yards per game and 17th in points per game. Defensively, the Bengals finished 30th in points allowed and 32nd in yards allowed. The Cincinnati Bengals are likely going to have issues offensively simply because Andy Dalton is still the quarterback and AJ Green is out for the meantime due to injury. The Bengals defense should be improved, as there’s no real excuse for a unit that has Dre Kirkpatrick, Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap to be dead last in the league in defensive yards allowed. Progress was made with the firing of Marvin Lewis, but it’s hard to get excited about the Bengals for obvious reasons.
The Seattle Seahawks have won double-digit games six of the last seven years and have made the playoffs 12 times in the last 16 years. The Seattle Seahawks have won each of their last five home games. The Seattle Seahawks have lost three of their last four regular season openers. The Seattle Seahawks finished last year ranked 18th in offensive yards per game and sixth in points per game. Defensively, the Seahawks finished 11th in points allowed and 16th in yards allowed. Russell Wilson has proven what he can do when the offense is on his shoulders, but he does have improved wide receiver depth with the additions of Gary Jennings and John Ursua. Defensively, the Seahawks are going to be much better at rushing the passer after signing Ezekiel Ansah and recently trading for Jadeveon Clowney. The Seahawks are quietly coming together roster wise and and if you’re interested in a dark horse team that has at least 25 to 1 Super Bowl odds, this is a team worth looking at.
The Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 games in September and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Seahawks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Bengals are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Seahawks last 4 games overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Bengals last 5 games overall.
The Cincinnati Bengals have covered six of their last eight games when an underdog of at least seven points. The Seattle Seahawks have split their last 12 games ATS when favored by at least seven points. I'm not the guy looking to lay big chalk, especially in season openers, but the Bengals aren't a good football team and it's even worse without Green to stretch the defense. Dalton in this stadium also scares the hell out of me. The Seattle Seahawks have a better roster than what they've had the last couple of years and have shown under Pete Carroll that they're not afraid to keep their foot on the gas. There's much better options on Sunday's card, but if forced to pick, I'd take the Seahawks in a blowout.