The Cincinnati Bengals will have the misfortune – in terms of online NFL betting – of going against Tom Brady in his first game back at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 16th. Here are the odds for that game at the BetNow football betting site:
Cincinnati Bengals +8½ (-110) 47 (-110)
NE Patriots -8½ (-110) 47 (-110)
It was a bittersweet sort of homecoming for Bengals QB Andy Dalton in week 5. Dalton attended TCU – which campus is some 20 miles from the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium – and it was his first regular season visit to the Cowboys since an undefeated 2010 season and Rose Bowl win with the Horned Frogs. Dalton went 29 of 41 for 269 yards with two TD passes to receiver Brandon LaFell, but the Cincinnati still LaFell to Dallas 28-14 and dropped to a 2-3 record.
Through the first four weeks of the regular season, New England online NFL betting fans had only one request and one request only; will the real Tom Brady please stand up? With all due to respect to Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brisset – and anyone whose name starts with a J and ends with Y for that matter – both of whom did a good job; but, I served with Tom Brady. I knew Tom Brady. Tom Brady was a friend of mine. And sirs, you’re no Jack Tom Brady. If anything, you’re the Geri Reischl to Tom Brady’s Eve Plumb. Well, guess who’s back, back again? Brady’s back. The once and future Patriots starting QB threw 28 of 40 for 406 yards and three scoring passes to tight end Marcellus ‘Wallace’ Bennett against the Cleveland Browns. Running back LeGarrette Blount scored on a one-yard run, and Rob Gronkowski had 5 catches for 109 receiving yards. The Pats beat the Browns 33-13.
The Bengals are already in the red five weeks into the regular season. At this point last year they were 5-0 as part of an 8-0 start. And two years ago, which is when they last faced the Patriots in regular season play, the Bengals were 3-1-1 after five games. In fact, New England handed them their first loss 17-43 on October 5th, 2014. The last time Cincinnati defeated the Patriots was a 13-6 win in 2013. And as far as online NFL betting odds go, the Pats are likely to continue their dominance over the Bengals.
The Patriots rank fourth in the league in rushing yards (128), 7th in total yards (377.2), 15th in passing yards (249.2), and 17th in points per game (22.8) per game. Meanwhile, the Bengals rank 5th in passing yards (282.6), 10th in total yards (366.4), 25th in rushing yards (83.8), and 26th in points (18.4) per game. Defensively speaking, the Pats allow 345 total yards (258.6 passing and 86.4 running) and 14.8 points per game, while Cincinnati allows 338.6 total yards (224.6 passing and 114 rushing) and 22 points per game. New England lead the AFC East division; the Bengals are third in the AFC North division.