NFL betting odds expectations remain high for the Atlanta Falcons despite their bad 31-17 loss at Philadelphia with the NFL betting lines last week.
The Atlanta Falcons will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. CBS will telecast the game that is set to kickoff at 1 PM Eastern. Sports-Gambling.com opened with Atlanta as a 3.5 point favorite and with an over/under of 42.5.
Cincinnati has a NFL football gambling record of 2-3 both straight up and against the spread as they are coming off a bye week that followed a 24-21 debacle at Tampa Bay. The Bengals rank in the middle of the NFL pack for both offense and defense.
Carson Palmer has a mediocre 78.3 QB rating and is averaging just 6.6 yards per pass with a 7/6 touchdown/interception ratio, which is disappointing considering the multiple offseason moves by the front office to add weapons to the attack.
Neither Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens has been able to become a breakout receiver and the ground attack has been inconsistent.
Atlanta has a betting on NFL football record of 4-2 straight up and 3-3 against the spread. Last week’s loss at Philadelphia snapped a 4 game winning streak. The Atlanta offense is led by Michael Turner, who has 466 yards and a 4.3 yards per carry average.
Matt Ryan has an 85.3 QB rating with a 9/4 TD/INT ratio but is averaging only 6.5 yards per pass attempt as leading receiver Roddy White is averaging just 12.7 yards per catch but does have 43 receptions. Veteran Tony Gonzalez has 27 catches with a 10 yards average. Atlanta ranks 5th for points allowed.
Cincinnati has been a major disappointment so far this year and Atlanta is a tough home team that should be motivated to get back on track after last week’s poor performance.
The Bengals have covered just 3 out of their last 13 games overall but have paid out in 10 of their last 13 as a dog. Atlanta is a lethal 14-3 against the spread when coming off a straight up loss. The Falcons have gone under the total in 9 out of their last 12 games. Atlanta has beaten the NFL betting odds in their last 2 games against Cincinnati.