When the Cincinnati Bengals host the Chicago Bears in Week 1, you’re going to have a good opportunity to make a winning wager. While both teams missed out on reaching the playoffs a year ago, both franchises enter the 2018 campaign with some renewed hopes for their own specific reasons. Now, let’s find out where the best betting value lies in this matchup.
Bears v Bengals 2018 NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds
When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM ETWhere: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OhioLive Stream: NFL Game PassNFL Odds: OFF
Why Bet on the Chicago Bears?
The best reason to bet on the Chicago Bears in this Week 1 preseason opener is that they’re probably going to be going all-out to get the Matt Nagy era started off on the right foot – and oh yeah, they’ve got the best backup quarterback in this matchup as well. While we probably won’t see second-year starter Mitchell Trubisky play very long in this one, the Bears are going to be in good shape under veteran backup Chase Daniel and after that, veteran Tyler Bray.
- Average Score For: 16.50
- Total Yards: 287.31
- Pass Yards: 175.69
- Rush Yards: 111.62
- Average Score Against: 20
- Total Yards: 319.06
- Pass Yards: 211
- Rush Yards: 108.06
Why Bet on the Cincinnati Bengals?
The best reason to bet on Cincinnati is that they’re playing at home and have the better stable of running backs. The Bengals are going with veteran Matt Barkley as their backup in 2018 with Jeff Driskell and Logan Woodside battling for the third-string position. However, after starting running back Joe Mixon departs, Cincinnati will turn to Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton first and foremost. Cincinnati is also the better defensive team in this affair, so there’s that as well.
- Average Score For: 18.12
- Total Yards: 280.5
- Pass Yards: 195.12
- Rush Yards: 85.38
- Average Score Against: 21.81
- Total Yards: 339
- Pass Yards: 211.19
- Rush Yards: 127.81
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Bears v Bengals
While Matt Nagy has no preseason coaching record to look at, we know that Cincinnati has gone 30-31 under longtime head coach Marvin lewis in the preseason, including 1-3 in each of the last two preseasons. That doesn’t really bode well for the Bengals in this affair, plus Chicago has a very capable backup in Chase Daniel.
I’m going with the Bears to get, what looks like a more meaningful win for them over a Cincinnati Bengals team that will be a little more locked-in for their Week 2 and Week 3 preseason contests.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Pick: Chicago 23 Cincinnati 21