The offshore sportsbook odds favors the Seattle Seahawks over the Cincinnati Bengals by 9 points. Following a 16-year stint in Cinci, former head coach Marvin Lewis won’t get the chance to lose another playoff game. Marvin the Martian led the Bengals to four AFC division titles. However, the last of those came in 2015. And the NFL is, like Miss Jackson said, “what have you done for me lately?” The Striped Ones parted ways with Lewis, but it was too little, too late for linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Which is not that big off a loss if one thinks about it. After all, Burfict spends more time suspended than a nerd’s disbelief when watching Game of Thrones. Next time he serves a multi-game suspension, he will do so as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll better learn from Lewis, because that’s where he’s headed. The ‘Hawks have not won a postseason game since the 2016 season NFC wild card playoffs. That includes a 22-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in back January. Though it was, at least, an ATS win, per the best online sportsbooks.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 1 Betting Information
- Date: Sunday September 8
- Time: 1:05 PT
- Venue: CenturyLink Field
Odds from Xbet.ag:
|Bengals||+9 (-120)||43½ (-110)||–|
|Seahawks||-9 (EV)||43½ (-110)||–|
Betting Cincinnati Bengals
NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reports wide receiver Tyler Boyd saying the Bengals have the best offense in the NFL. Boyd must have meant the Bizarro NFL. Where Blake Bortles is a star and Colin Kaepernick stands for the national anthem. As a matter of fact, starting QB Andy Dalton’s days in Cinci could be numbered as well. The Red Rifle failed to start all 16 games for the first time since 2015. Perhaps as a result he logged the fewest single-season passing yards of his career (2566). Unless Dalton has an annus mirabilis, the Bengals will be shopping for his replacement in the 2020 draft. Possibly Justin Herbert of the Oregon Ducks. Cincinnati went 1-7 after their Week 9 bye in the 2018 season. However, they covered the online betting sports point spread in five of those games.
Betting Seattle Seahawks
Starting QB Russell Wilson won’t be throwing any more TD passes Doug Baldwin’s way. With 493 catches and 6563 yards, Baldwin is the franchise third all-time leader in team receptions and receiving yards. However, he failed a physical and promptly retired in mid-March.
“He has been an integral part of everything we’ve ever been about since I’ve been here, it seems,” Carroll said. “But not just that he has been a good player—he has been tremendous competitor in the program, he has been a leader and he’s demonstrated everything that you’re supposed to demonstrate as a ball player in terms of toughness and grit and care and love and passion and all of that. So I don’t think we replace Doug; I think Doug was Doug and we won’t ever replace him in particular. Somebody else will do something a little bit differently and will make his own spot for himself.”
Expert Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks Week 1
Let’s be honest. Baldwin may be replaced, in hopes of which the ‘Hawks selected three wide receivers in the 2019 draft. DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings, Jr., and John Ursua join Tyler Lockett, David Moore, and Jaron Brown in Seattle’s receiving unit. The Seahawks are providing Wilson with many targets. But will they provide with enough protection? The ‘Hawks were the 8th most sacked team in 2018. Four starters are returning to the offensive line, so there’s chance we’ll see more of the same this season. Nonetheless, unless the Bengals succeed in signing Gerald McCoy, they shouldn’t present much of a threat to Seattle’s offense. As things stand now, the Seahawks should cover the online betting sports point spread.