NFL odds handicappers are stunned at the collapse of the Cincinnati Bengals this year as they have gone from AFC North Champions to one of the least appealing teams with the NFL lines.
The Cincinnati Bengals will host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday with a telecast on FOX set to begin a noon ET. Sports-Gambling opened with New Orleans as a 7 point favorite and with a total of 47.
The New Orleans Saints have a record of 8-3 straight up but 5-6 with the NFL gambling odds as 6 of their games have gone over the total. The Saints are coming off a thrilling 30-27 win at Dallas although they failed to cover as 4.5 point favorites which snapped a 3 game payout streak.
The Saints are a far better defensive team than last year’s Super Bowl champion edition as they rank 6th in the NFL for points allowed while the always explosive offense ranks 4th overall although down somewhat at 9th in the NFL for scoring.
Drew Brees has a 92.7 QB rating which is down from previous seasons but he has had to shoulder far more of the offensive burden himself due to a series of injuries at the running back position.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a record of 2-9 straight up and 3-8 with the NFL betting lines as they have gone over the total in 6 of 11 games. The Bengals are coming off a 26-10 loss at the New York Jets as they lost their 8th consecutive game. Cincinnati has gotten the money in just 1 of their last 8 games.
The Bengals have suffered a stunning collapse on defense as they rank 27th in the NFL for points allowed. The offense has not fared much better as it ranks 21st for scoring. The big money that the Bengals paid out to improve the offense has not shown dividends as Carson Palmer has a horrible 78.5 QB rating with a 19/15 TD/INT ratio.
Cedric Benson is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and Chad Ochocinco is down to 11.6 yards per catch. The nightmare season may cost coach Marvin Lewis his job.
The Bengals have beaten the NFL odds in just 1 of their last 9 home games.