Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Week 1 of the NFL preseason kicks off on Thursday and two teams expected to make strong playoff bids this year are the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.  Let's take a closer look at who has the edge in this preseason tilt.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Atlanta Falcons: CIN +3 (Bodog)

Market Watch

The opening line for this game is pretty much the same as what we see across the board right now. The home team Falcons were given the obligatory -3 line, but when you factor in the juice it really sits at -2.75. Depending on where you look, you'll see -3 (+100) or -2.5 (-120).  The total opened at 37 and there hasn't been any move on that either.

Bottom Line

It's hard to overlook the Bengals as +3 point underdogs in this game when you consider Mike Smith's recent preseason records and his focus on evaluating young players.

The Bengals also boast a much deeper and experienced trio at quarterback. Finally, keep an eye on the Cindy depth in this game, especially names like Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard, along with their very deep defensive line and secondary.  
Pick: Bengals +3 (-120).