The Cincinnati Bengals will look to equal their franchise mark for the best start in team history when they take on a Buffalo Bills team that has alternated wins and losses in every game this NFL betting season.
Now, let’s find out which team is going to bring home the bacon.
Cincinnati at Buffalo
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 18, 2015
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
NFL Odds: Bengals -3
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Cincinnati Bengals (5-0 SU, 4-0 ATS)
The Bengals moved to 5-0 by pulling off a jaw-dropping comeback from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit against the Seattle Seahawks last week en route to a stunning 27-24 overtime win as a 3-point home fave.
“It shows the fight of this team,” Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said. “And for us to do that against a really, really good team, to come back in the fourth quarter and win it in overtime, it was huge.”
Dalton threw for 331 yards and two of touchdowns in the win t record his third straight 300-yard passing day while adding a rushing touchdown in the win. For the season, Dalton has tossed 11 TD passes and just two interceptions while No. 1 wide receiver A.J. Green has 31 catches for 495 yards (4th) and three scores and tight end Tyler Eifert has 24 catches and five touchdowns (2nd), including two against Seattle.
“When you want people talking about you, you don’t want them talking negatively about you,” Dalton said. “Obviously I’ve had to bear a lot of it. But we’re 5-0 right now, hopefully at the end of the year they’re still talking the same way.”
Buffalo Bills (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS)
Buffalo also came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat rebuilding Tennessee 14-13 in a closer-than-expected affair the last time out.
Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a fine game by completing 10 of 17 passes for 109 yards and once touchdown while adding a franchise-record 76 rushing yards and another score on the ground. Unfortunately, the Bills surprisingly pleasant starter also injured his knee when he was horse collared in the win.
“We know he has that kind of ability to make big-time plays, and whenever we see it’s just a momentum changer, it gets the guys on the bench riled up and we’re excited for it,” defensive end Jerry Hughes said.
If Taylor doesn’t play, the Bills will turn to former starter E.J. Manuel in this contest, though it’s likely the Bills will also have veteran running back LeSean McCoy back on the field after watching their big free agent struggle early this season with a nagging hamstring injury.
“He looked really good,” Bills head coach Rex Ryan said of Manuel. “He’s got a good grasp of the game plan. … We’ve had great confidence in him and (if) he goes into play we expect him to do really good things.”
Game Analysis: This game would have been a much tougher call for me where Tyrod Taylor starting for the Bills, but with their dual-threat signal-caller sitting this one out, I like the Bengals to bring home the bacon with a bit of room to spare.
The Bengals are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU win and a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games against their AFC counterparts.
I know the Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, but I’m thinking the Bengals are a bit too good on both sides of the ball for the Bills right now, not to mention the fact that Buffalo is ‘due’ for a loss if they continue the ‘win-one, lose-one’ trend they’ve displayed since the start of the season.