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NFL Betting Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals

August 18, 2023


The Cincinnati Bengals are 0-1 in the preseason after losing at home to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 19-36 in week 1 of the preseason.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the Miami Dolphins on the road by a score of 19-3 on Friday in week 1 of the NFL preseason.

BookMaker has the Atlanta Falcons listed as 7-point favorites at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and has set the total for the over/under plays at 39 points. Which team will come away with the win in week 2 of the NFL preseason on Friday? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring in the preseason.

Cincinnati Bengals Team Preview

The Cincinnati Bengals enter this game with a record of 0-1 in the NFL Preseason after losing at home to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 19-36. The Bengals are 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as an underdog this season.

Offensively, Cincinnati is averaging 19 points per game in the preseason. The Bengals are averaging 274 total yards, 216 passing yards, and 66 rushing yards per game in the preseason this year. Trevor Siemian leads the team in passing completing 15 of 28 attempts for 121 yards and an interception. Chris Evans leads the team in rushing in the preseason with 7 carries for 49 yards. Andrei Iosivas leads the team in receiving with four receptions of 50 yards.

Defensively, the Bengals are allowing an average of 36 points per game in the preseason this year. Cincinnati is allowing an average of 437 total yards, 254 passing yards, and 183 rushing yards in the preseason.

Atlanta Falcons Team Preview

The Atlanta Falcons enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason after defeating the Miami Dolphins on the road by a score of 19-3. The Falcons are 1-0 ATS overall in the preseason this year.

Offensively, the Falcons are averaging 19 points per game in the preseason this year. Atlanta is averaging 227 total yards, 146 passing yards, and 102 rushing yards per game in the preseason. Logan Woodside leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 14 of 23 attempts for 146 yards while adding five yards rushing. Godwin Igwebuke leads the team in rushing in the preseason with 13 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. Xavier Malone leads the team in receiving with two receptions for 50 yards.

Defensively, Atlanta is allowing an average of 3 points per game in the preseason. The Falcons are allowing an average of 317 total yards, 189 passing yards, and 168 rushing yards in the preseason this year.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Cincinnati has won four of the last seven games in the series and has won by an average score of 28.43 to 27.43 while going 4-3 ATS in those matchups. The Bengals have won the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 32 to 21 while going 3-0 ATS in those contests.

The over has hit in five of the last seven games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 55.86 points per game in those contests. The over has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 53 points per game in those matchups.

Cincinnati has been the better team in the series, winning four of the last seven including the previous three matchups in a row. The Bengals are 4-3 ATS in the last seven and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Cincinnati Bengals +7 on BookMaker for this matchup on Friday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Cincinnati Bengals +7