Chiefs & Bengals Set for Preseason NFL Betting ShowdownPosted by: Mike Davis
Preseason NFL betting continues this week as the league, players, and fans alike get set for another thrilling season of one of America’s favorite sport. The preseason gives fans a small taste of what their team has in store for this upcoming season, but more importantly it gives online NFL betting fans the opportunity to get acquainted with online sportsbooks. The preseason will continue with a handful of matchups on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday offers the most diverse action for fans to wager on, with a total of 9 different contests to fill your betting needs. The action will get kicked off at 3:00 pm ET when the Titans get set to host the Carolina Panthers. The following contest will pit the Kansas City Chiefs against the Cincinnati Bengals. Let’s see what the preseason NFL betting lines have to say about this matchup.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Saturday, August 19th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Preseason NFL Betting Odds:
Kansas City Chiefs +1 (-115) 38 ½ (-105)
Cincinnati Bengals -1 (-105) 38 ½ (-115)
Kansas City Chiefs
In Andy Reid’s third year as the Chiefs’ head coach, the franchise was able to post a 12-4 record marking the first time Kansas City won the division. Overall, 2016 was the third season that Reid led the Chiefs to the playoffs, making Kansas City feel pretty happy with his performance as coach. However, the Chiefs fan base will be looking for a better push in the playoffs, considering that under Reid Kansas City has been unable to advance past the Divisional Round. Last season, the Steelers sent the Chiefs home in the divisional round, 18-16.
The Chiefs held no reservations in their effort to get to the AFC Conference game, adding a total of 17 different players through free agency. Kansas City also made some interesting picks in the draft, including picking quarterback Patrick Mahomes II 10th overall.
The Chiefs could’ve certainly benefited from better play at the quarterback position last season. Alex Smith, their current starter, didn’t perform horribly – posting a 91.2 rating on the year as a whole. However, Smith’s season didn’t exactly stand out, considering that he threw 15 touchdowns to just 8 picks. Considering how strong the Chiefs were defensively last year, it’s no understatement to say that it was their offense that kept them from achieving their goals.
The Bengals finished the 2016 season with a 6-9-1 record. Cincinnati had previously posted 5 straight playoff appearances, but not a single postseason victory. Marvin Lewis will be looking to put an end to that postseason victory-drought in his 14th year with the organization.
The Bengals were pretty quiet during free agency this past offseason. However, they made an interesting pick in the first round, selecting John Ross 9th overall. Ross is a wide receiver out of Washington that should help Andy Dalton post better stats this upcoming season.
The Bengals come into this contest as preseason NFL betting favorites. It’s a bit of a surprise, considering last season’s results.