The Cincinnati Bengals got roughed up a little last week by the New York Jets. And as we are in the critical third week of the pre-season for the league’s teams, things don’t promise to be any easieron Sunday night as they line up against the Arizona Cardinals in NFL betting action that kicks off at8 PM ET at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ (site of this year’s Super Bowl).
The Bengals are 0-2, dropping the opener 41-39 to the Kansas City Chiefs, the falling 25-17 at the hands of the Jets. Arizona manhandled the Houston Texans in their exhibition lid-lifter 32-0, then came back last weekend and lost 30-28 to the Minnesota Vikings. Their quarterback, Carson Palmer, is facing the team he began his NFL career with, and departed in very unceremonious fashion from.
In the pro football odds that are posted on this game at VietBet, the Cardinals are favored by less than a field goal:
Arizona Cardinals -2.5
Cincinnati Bengals +2.5
Over 43 Points -110
Under 43 Points -110
The Cardinals got some very bad news this week as they found out that Darnell Dockett, their star defensive lineman, was going to be lost for the season with a torn ACL. Remember that linebacker Daryl Washington is on a suspension for the entire season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Inasmuch as this is a team that is going to have to once again defend well if it is to contend, it’s something they have to recover from. They added some support for their defensive line this week by picking up Isaac Sopoaga, who has played nine years in the NFL, most recently with New England. Frostee Rucker will be Dockett’s replacement in the starting lineup.
Meanwhile, safety Tyrann Mathieu has returned to action after rehabbing from an ACL injury, and though he probably won’t play on Sunday night, he could certainly be ready for the season opener against San Diego.
As NFL bettors are aware, it is the custom that starters play at least a half, and coach Bruce Arians has indicated that the Cards will let the first team go until halftime.
So Palmer, the former Bengal who threw for 4274 yards last season, will be relieved by Drew Stanton, but apparently it hasn’t been determined whether it will be Ryan Lindley or rookie Logan Thomas taking the snaps in latter phases of the action. We’re figuring that Thomas, who went 11-for-12 in the pre-season opener but sat out last week, will get the third-team reps for Arizona this time. Either way, VietBet patrons should look for more from Jaron Brown, the second-year wide receiver who had two big plays in last week’s game.
One of the things NFL bettors don’t take a lot of notice of is special teams play in the pre-season, and Arians is fuming a bit about the fact that the cards had four penalties called on those units in last week’s game against Minnesota.
Cincinnati is set to welcome back Geno Atkins, the Pro Bowl defensive tackle who missed about half of last season after tearing his ACL. He will not be in there for a half or more like most of the starters would expect, but instead will play a couple of series to ease him back into things.
For whatever reason, the Bengals (+1400 to win the AFC title in the NFL futures odds at VietBet) had their second-team offensive line in there against the New York Jets’ first-team offense last weekend, and the offensive line coach, Paul Alexander, has been complaining that the Jets blitzed to much. Oh really? The guy on the butt end of these blitzes was backup QB Matt Scott, who famously threw up on the field in the pre-season opener, and should be able to stick as the third-string QB. Jason Campbell, who bruised his elbow a couple of weeks ago in the process of tossing two interceptions against Kansas City, is practicing again, and feels he’ll be ready for Sunday.
Arizona should be aggressive up front. And we’re comfortable with their depth at the quarterback spot. We’re going to lay the points in NFL betting action, inasmuch as this is a reasonable number.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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