Online Sportsbooks Like Redskins Over Bengals
Posted by: Charlie Smith
NFL betting sites are looking forward to a weekend full of NFL preseason action, as well as the conclusion to the Mayweather vs. McGregor bout. There’s no doubt that mammoth of a boxing match will usurp this weekend’s preseason action, but that isn’t stopping online sportsbooks form pulling out all the stops.
Since Saturday will consist of sports wagering fans pre-gaming for the aforementioned boxing match, we’re going to go ahead and take a gander at one of Sunday’s matchups. Particularly, the contest pitting the Cincinnati Bengals against the Washington Redskins. Let’s take a look at what online sportsbooks are predicting for this matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins – Sunday, August 27th
When: 4:30 pm ET
Where: FedEx Field, Hyattsville, MD
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Online Sportsbook Odds:
Cincinnati Bengals +3 (-110) 43 ½ (-122)
Washington Redskins -3 (-110) 43 ½ (+101)
After going 12-4 and winning the AFC North in 2015, the Bengals failed to build upon that success. Instead, Cincinnati fell to 6-9-1, finished 3rd in the AFC North and subsequently failed to make the cut for the postseason. In 2017, Marvin Lewis will be leading the Bengals in his 14th year as the organization’s head coach, desperately vying to win a playoff game.
The Bengals had 5 players selected to the Pro Bowl, including quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver AJ Green. With that in mind, it’s clear that Cincy has the talent to be competitors in the AFC North. That said, they’ll need a tremendous effort from their defense if they are to usurp the likes of the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cincinnati brought in a total of 2 players during free agency; former Arizona Cardinal linebacker Kevin Minter and former Viking offensive tackle Andre Smith. In the draft, cunning moves from the management allowed the Bengals to pick 11 players in this year’s draft, 6 of which ended up being defenders.
Despite having one of the most explosive passing games in the league, the Redskins struggled to remain above .500 all season long. In the end, Washington turned in an 8-7-1 record that ranked the franchise third in the NFC East. The Redskins had won the NFC East the year before but failed to give the Cowboys a challenge the following year.
This season, Washington couldn’t be more thrilled about the fact that Dallas has to contend with a suspension to their star runningback. Needless to say, this opens the door for any one of the other three teams in the division to make a push and claim the East in 2017.
The Redskins have an opportunity to seize that moment. However, they’ll need to make sure their defense is up to the task. Washington’s Swiss cheese of a defense was what kept them from being contenders last season and it’ll be the same old story this time around unless the Redskins can turn it around. But at the very least, online sportsbooks are pegging them as favorites in Sunday’s game.