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NFL Betting Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

August 11, 2023


The Green Bay Packers finished last season with a record of 8-9 which led to a 3rd place finish in the NFC North, missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, and not winning the NFC North for the first time since the 2018 NFL season.

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals finished last season with a record of 12-4 which led to an AFC North Division Championship and a spot in the AFC Playoffs, however, the Bengals lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 20-23 in the AFC Championship.

BookMaker has the Green Bay Packers listed as 3-point favorites on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals and has set the total for the over/under plays at 35.5 points. Which team will start the preseason off with a win in this matchup on Friday evening? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams performed last season.

Green Bay Packers Team Preview

The Green Bay Packers missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons and finished in 3rd place in the NFC North with a record of 8-9. The Packers finished last season 8-9 ATS overall, 4-4 ATS on the road, and 4-7 ATS as a favorite.

Offensively, the Green Bay Packers ranked 14th in the NFL In points with an average of 21.76 points per game. Green Bay ranked 15th in rushing yards with an average of 124.29 rushing yards per game. The Packers ranked 17th in passing yards per game with an average of 213.65 yards.

Defensively, the Packers ranked 16th in points allowed in the NFL with an average of 21.82 points per game. Green Bay ranked 26th in rushing yards allowed per game with an average of 139.53 yards. The Green Bay Packers ranked 6th in passing yards allowed with an average of 197 passing yards allowed per game.

Cincinnati Bengals Team Preview

The Cincinnati Bengals finished last season with an AFC North Division Championship after finishing with a record of 12-4, however, they lost in the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 20-23. The Bengals were 13-6 ATS overall, 5-3 ATS at home, and 3-1 ATS as an underdog.

Offensively, the Cincinnati Bengals ranked 7th in points scored in the NFL with an average of 25.74 points per game. Cincinnati ranked 28th in rushing yards with an average of 95.89 rushing yards per game. The Bengals ranked 7th in passing yards with an average of 257.95 passing yards per game.

Defensively, the Bengals ranked 5th in points allowed in the NFL with an average of 19.58 points allowed per game. Cincinnati ranked 5th in rushing yards allowed with an average of 103.47 rushing yards allowed per game. The Cincinnati Bengals ranked 26th in passing yards allowed per game with an average of 234.26 passing yards.

Series Trends and Game Pick

Green Bay has won four of the last seven games in the series and has won by an average score of 22.43 to 21.14 while going 4-3 ATS in those matchups. The Packers have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 27.33 to 26.67 while the Bengals are 2-1 ATS in those contests.

The under has hit in four of the last seven games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 43.57 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 54 points per game in those matchups.

Cincinnati is the more talented team, however, Green Bay has been the better team in the series, winning four of the last seven and two of the last three games. The Packers are 4-3 ATS in the last seven games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Green Bay Packers -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Friday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Green Bay Packers -3