Never easy to play in Seattle, and the Cincinnati Bengals will be at a bigger disadvantage on Sunday because they will be without injured star receiver AJ Green. Thus, the Seahawks are one of the biggest NFL Betting favorites on the board for Week 1.
How to Bet Bengals vs Seahawks NFL Week 1 Odds & Game Info
- When: Sunday, 4:05 PM ET
- Where: CenturyLink Field
- TV: CBS
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 1 Odds: Seattle Seahawks -9.5 (Total 44)
In Week 5 of the 2015 season, the Seahawks were 27-24 overtime losers in Cincinnati. Andy Dalton led Cincinnati back from a 17-point deficit. Mike Nugent’s 42-yard field goal in overtime bounced off the left upright, but went through. Nugent also hit a 31-yarder on the final play of regulation. Dalton was 30 of 44 for 331 yards with two touchdowns. It matched the second-biggest comeback in team history. The 17-point collapse matched the biggest in Seattle history.
The Seahawks also blew such games in 2003 against Baltimore and 2004 against St. Louis, losing in overtime as well. Russell Wilson was 15 of 23 for 213 yards with a touchdown, a tipped interception and four sacks.
- Showers: 22°C/71°F
- Humidity: 67%
- Precipitation: 40%
- Cloud Cover: 62%
- Wind: 7 mph SSW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on Cincinnati?
Seattle will be a familiar place for new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor who has played there each of the past two seasons while he was an assistant coach with the Rams.
For sure the Bengals will be without top WR AJ Green in this one. He remains in a walking boot after an injury early in camp. It’s been a month since Green underwent ankle surgery, though the fact that he hasn’t shed his walking boot yet would suggest the seven-time Pro Bowler has made minimal progress during that span. With Green shelved indefinitely, look for Cincinnati to funnel its passing game through Tyler Boyd.
Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn remains in the concussion protocol. Glenn suffered the concussion in the second preseason game and self-reported it. He’s yet to leave protocol, and concussion timelines are different for every player in every instance, so it is realistic to think he could miss Week 1. If he is out, Andre Smith will likely start at left tackle. The Bengals’ league-worst line is as follows: Smith, LG Michael Jordan, C Trey Hopkins, RG John Miller, and RT Bobby Hart.
Quarterback Andy Dalton is 2-0 against the Seahawks. He is 5-0 on the west coast, including 2011 win at Seattle as a rookie. Dalton has won four of the last five Kickoff Weekend games. He has at least two touchdowns in five of his past six road games.
Tony McRae, who consistently got beat in coverage during the preseason, when he was going up against the other team’s second and third-string receivers, is slotted as the No. 2 man at left cornerback while Darius Phillips, who impressed during the preseason, is the No. 3 man at right cornerback. McRae did lead the team in tackles in the preseason with 17.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 25.00
- Rush Yards: 113.00
- Pass Attempts: 38.00
- Completion Percentage: 60.09
- Passing Yards: 269.17
- Total Yards: 382.17
- Turnovers: 1.83
Why Bet on Seattle?
The Seahawks made a huge trade on the eve of the season in landing defensive end and former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney from Houston. All Seattle had to give up was a 2020 third-round pick plus defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin. Clowney, the 2014 No. 1 overall pick is one of only four players (Aaron Donald, Cam Jordan, Chandler Jones) with 20-plus sacks and 50-plus tackles for loss since 2016.
“He’s a rare football player,” Coach Pete Carroll said of Clowney, who has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and totaled 18.5 sacks over the past two seasons. “He’s got special skills that most guys just don’t have. It’s great quickness, his reaction time, the length that he can use, his ability to run, his instincts.”
Seahawks rookie first-round defensive end DJ Collier has returned to practice. Collier has missed the last month with a high-ankle sprain. Returning to practice is a good step, but he looks doubtful for Week 1. Even if he plays, Collier’s snaps would likely be limited.
Second-round rookie WR DK Metcalf also is practicing. Carroll said Metcalf had a “fantastic recovery” from his knee scope two weeks ago, and he’s expected to play in the Week 1 opener against the Bengals barring a setback. Metcalf and re-signed Jaron Brown are expected to occupy the outside spots in Seattle’s offense with Tyler Lockett manning the slot.
QB Russell Wilson passed for 3,448 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2018 and joined Peyton Manning as the only player in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns in each of their first seven seasons. Wilson has a passer rating of 100.3, second-highest in NFL history. He also became the first quarterback in NFL history with a winning record in each of his first seven seasons. Running back Chris Carson ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,151 rush yards last year.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 24.17
- Rush Yards: 133.33
- Pass Attempts: 34.00
- Completion Percentage: 61.27
- Passing Yards: 262.67
- Total Yards: 396.00
- Turnovers: 2.17
Bengals vs Seahawks NFL Week 1 Betting Trends
- Bengals are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the NFC West division
- Bengals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in September
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games against an opponent in the NFC conference
- Seahawks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games played in September
- Seahawks are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played on a Sunday
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Expert Final Score Prediction for Bengals vs Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals 20 – Seattle Seahawks 27