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Football Odds - Bengals at Saints

Football odds Friday will include an intriguing inter-conference NFL betting preseason opener between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New Orleans Saints.

Football odds handicappers know that the Bengals and head coach Marvin Lewis are entering a make or break NFL betting campaign and may want to set a good tone in preseason.  The preseason football odds may favor the Bengals because of the pressure that they are under.

The last thing Cincinnati wants to have during the NFL betting preseason are vultures hovering overhead expecting failure.  Lewis is expected to use the preseason to bolster his team’s sagging self image against the football odds.  Beyond that there is plenty of work to do on both sides of the line against the football odds.

The New Orleans Saints feature one of the most explosive offensive units against the football odds.  Their goal against the preseason football odds will be to improve their defense, which is what cost them a berth in the playoffs last year.

These two teams have met the past two seasons against the preseason football odds with the Saints getting the cash each time.  In 2007 New Orleans beat Cincinnati 27-19 as 3.5-point road dogs against the football odds as the game went over the total of 38.

In 2008 the Saints scored a 13-0 win over the Bengals as 3-point road chalks with the game going under the total of 41.5.  The Saints certainly proved their commitment to improving the defense during the off season as their first three draft picks were all from that side of the line.

Defensive back Malcolm Jenkins was taken in the first round out of Ohio State.  Unrestricted free agents Darren Sharper, a safety from the Vikings, Paul Spicer, a defensive end from the Jaguars, Pierson Prioleau, a safety from the Jaguars, and Jabari Greer, a cornerback from the Bills were added as well.

If the Saints can tighten up their defense they have the offense to become a top contender in the league.  One player on the Saints that figures to see limited preseason action is quarterback Drew Brees, who had to leave camp due to the death of his mother.

Mark Brunell and Joey Harrington figured to take most of the exhibition snaps at quarterback for the Saints.

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