Redskins invade England to face the Cincinnati Bengals
Posted by: Charlie Smith
No. it’s not a piece of history-revisionist fiction; the Washington Redskins have crossed the pond to face online football betting favorites the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 30th. And since the Bengals are the nominally local team, they should temporarily change their name to the Wembley Gumbys. The football betting site odds for the game are as follows:
Redskins +3 (-125) 47½ (-110) +130
The Redskins (4-3) had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Washington QB Kirk Cousins finished 30 of 39 for 301 yards with one TD pass to running back Rob ‘R.’ Kelley on a 19-yard run with 1:05 remaining on the clock, and ran for 15 yards on three carries for another score – thus putting the Redskins ahead and making up for an earlier lost fumble. However, Washington was not able to stop Lions QB Matthew Stafford from throwing or running on his final possession. Moreover, TOs, penalties, and a missed field goal all came back to haunt the Redskins.
The Gumbys, err, the Bengals (3-4) beat the Cleveland Browns 31-17 on Sunday. What? That’s it. They were playing the Browns, isn’t that self-explanatory enough? Well, okay. Cinci QB Andy Dalton went 19 of 28 for 308 yards with two TD passes, including a 48-yard one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum by wide receiver A.J. Green on the last play of the first half. The Bengals finally scored more than 23 points in a game this season; in fact, they scored their most points since trouncing none other than the Browns 37-3 back in December.
The Redskins are certainly going out of their way to get their third away win of the regular season, but since they seem to play better away from Washington, it stands to reason that they would like to get as far away from it as humanly possible. On the other hand, the Bengals in dire need of consecutive victories – something which they have yet to achieve this year – to improve to a .500 record. Five of Cinci’s last eight wins have been at home; of course that the caveat here is that this is not really a home game.
In terms of online football betting, the Redskins are 5-1 against the spread playing a team with a losing record and 4-1 against the spread in their previous five games overall. The Bengals are 0-4-1 against the spread facing a team with a winning record and 15-7-2 against the spread in their past 24 games overall. Even with a losing record, Cinci has played better, if ever so slightly, than Washington. The Bengals’ running game averages 115.7 yards per game, with Jeremy Hill leading the team with 439 yards and four TDs. Defensively, Cinci allows 23.1 points and 354.6 yards per game. The Redskins’ running game is averaging 113.7 yards per game, with Matt Jones posting 460 yards and three scores. On defense, Washington is giving up 23.1 points and 363.3 yards per game. Therefore, online football betting odds favor the Bengals.