NFL Betting Philadelphia Eagles – Cincinnati Bengals Odds

August 20th, 2010 by

cincinnati bengals NFL betting lines handicappers were still skeptical about the Cincinnati Bengals ability to win consistently after their upset loss in the playoffs to the Jets last year.

The 2009 Bengals made the playoffs for the first time in four years but the finale was not impressive as the offense stalled in a home post season game that they were favored to win. Many experts believed that the Bengals won the AFC North based on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens having off years.

Cincinnati enters 2010 as a co-favorite to repeat as AFC North champions. Baltimore looks like the top challenger while Pittsburgh also has potential although they took a big step back and will be missing starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the start of the season due to a suspension.

Cincinnati will host Philadelphia Friday night in preseason action. Sportsbook sbg opened with the Bengals as a 3-point favorite and with a total set for 36. The game can be seen on Fox TV at 8:05 Eastern.

While many magazines had the Ravens as the preseason choice, the Bengals are confident although not at all surprised to be snubbed by the national media.

“I think it’s because we’re the Bengals,” said Palmer. “It’s been negative around here for so long. There is kind of a negative feeling when you talk about the Bengals. They expect us to be that team again. Don’t judge this team by our history as an organization. Judge this one on the team that went out and won a division, and then got better. We’re better than we were last season.”

Cincinnati enters the 2010 sports betting in far better health and with new additions to the receiving corps with Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant. First round tight end Jermaine Gresham is a potential rookie starter to give ace offensive coordinator Mike Zimmer plenty of weapons to call on.

“We were a better football team when we started back March 29 than the one that ended the season,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. I think we felt we were a stronger team when the offseason began. Now I think we’re even better.”

Handicappers betting NFL preseason games were impressed with Cincinnati in their 33-24 win over Denver last Sunday as they covered the spread as 3.5-point chalks. Palmer was near pin-point perfect as he went 12-15 for 105 yards.

With an underrated defense and improved offense Cincinnati will be a top contender in 2010.

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