NFL Preseason Pick: Panthers vs. Bengals
Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Gambling Odds from BetOnline
NFL Betting Favorite: Bengals -2.5 (-110)
The Carolina Panthers were the worst team in the NFL last year, but the Cincinnati Bengals weren’t far behind. The Panthers selected Cam Newton in the NFL Draft, while the Bengals took A.J. Green. Neither team is expected to be good this year, but both teams are desperately looking for something to build off of. The Bengals have looked like the worst team in the NFL in the first two preseason games this year. Can the Bengals bounce back at home in this one or will the Panthers pick up their second preseason win?
Carolina won their first preseason game by a score of 20-10, and then lost their second game 20-10. Cam Newton started last game, and he will start again in this one. It is starting to look like the Panthers are going to go with Newton as their starting quarterback when the regular season gets underway. The Panthers still have an impressive duo in the backfield in the form of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers are dealing with a ton of injuries in the preseason, which has to be concerning for this team. In last week’s game against Miami, the Panthers had 16 players who sat out with injuries.
Carson Palmer has decided to “retire” since the Bengals didn’t trade him, and that means Andy Dalton has basically been handed the starting job for Cincinnati in his rookie season. Dalton has struggled quite a bit in the preseason thus far. He has already thrown three interceptions despite attempting only 34 passes in the first two games. It isn’t just Dalton that is struggling. The entire Bengals offense has looked awful in the first two preseason games. The Bengals have been able to muster a total of 10 points in two full games. Green is showing flashes of brilliance at the wide receiver spot, but this offense doesn’t have too much going for it at this point. The Bengals will rely on their defense to keep them in games this season.
Don’t expect a pretty game when these two teams get together. The players will be fighting hard for roster spots, but these teams are both going to be bad once again this season. The Panthers have looked a little more reliable than the Bengals. I like the underdog here.
Free NFL Pick: Panthers +2.5
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