Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 1 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips
We have Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 1 Predictions available for the game on Sunday September 8.
The Cincinnati Bengals will begin their 2019 season with the difficult task of visiting the Seattle Seahawks.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 4:05 EST on September 8. At home, the Seahawks are favored by 9.5 points with an over/under of 44 points.
Cincinnati Bengals Form
The 2018 season marked the end of an era in Cincinnati. The team finally parted ways with longtime head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons.
Of course, they fired him after three consecutive seasons without making the playoffs, so the team is desperate for rookie head coach Zac Taylor to hit the ground running.
Taylor has spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Rams, so the expectation is that he’ll get the Cincinnati offense on track.
Obviously, the Cincinnati offense still revolves around Dalton, who had a rough 2018 season and might be starting to regress. Things won’t be any easier for Dalton with A.J. Green out due to injury for the early part of the season.
The offense fell off the rails last season when Green wasn’t on the field, creating huge concerns for the 2019 season.
Tyler Boyd has been a good no. 2 receiver, but the Bengals are lacking proven targets in the passing game outside of Green and Boyd.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 1, 2019
It could be up to the offensive line and the backfield tandem of Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard to carry the Cincinnati offense, at least early in the season.
Defensively, the Bengals continue to have one of the most well-rounded units in the NFL. Even with Vontaze Burfict moving on, the Bengals are still in good shape, especially on the defensive line with proven stars like Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap.
Cincinnati also has one of the most talented secondaries in the NFL. The lone question mark on that side of the ball is whether there’s enough depth at linebacker to cope without Burfict.
But the Bengals should have enough on the defensive line and the back end to put together a solid defense.
Seattle Seahawks Form
While the Bengals have struggled in recent years, Seattle remains one of the most consistent teams in the NFL.
Pete Carroll is entering his 10th season with the Seahawks and has taken them to the playoffs seven times in nine years. That includes a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance last year, which means going to the NFL Playoffs is the base level expectation for the Seahawks in 2019.
Of course, a big part of Seattle’s consistency has been the play of quarterback Russell Wilson. He’s coming off arguably his most efficient season, setting a career-high with 35 touchdown passes while throwing just seven interceptions, tying his career-low.
Until someone else steps up, Tyler Lockett will remain the only wide receiver opposing teams fear. But Wilson isn’t necessarily the type of quarterback who needs elite receivers to succeed.
The Seahawks will also look to let their running game carry them at times. Running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny have complementary skillsets, which should make them a good tandem, especially if the offensive line can show some improvement after a solid if unspectacular 2018 season.
— NFL (@NFL) August 31, 2019
Oddly enough, there are some questions about the Seattle defense that has been so intimidating in the past. The good news is that Bobby Wagner is still around at middle linebacker to lead the defense and come up with big plays in key spots.
The other piece of good news is the team’s recent trade for Jadeveon Clowney, who will help replace Frank Clark as the team’s primary pass rusher.
But the Seattle secondary doesn’t have the same players it did during the Legion of Boom days.
The Seahawks may need more than Clowney to emerge as a top-notch pass rusher in order to keep that unit protected.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks head-to-head
Being in different conferences, these two teams only play one another every four years. That means the Seahawks and Bengals haven’t crossed paths since 2015.
Of course, that was an exciting game with the Bengals winning 27-24 in overtime, as Andy Dalton did enough to out-duel Russell Wilson.
But the Seahawks will be looking to turn the tables on Cincinnati with the Bengals coming to one of the toughest road venues in the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Trends
- Seahawks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Bengals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Bengals are 3-0-1 in their last 4 vs. Seahawks.
- Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 1 Predictions
Winning by double digits in the NFL is never easy, even if you think the Bengals are overmatched. However, the Seahawks are excellent at home and Cincinnati was so bad without Green last year that this game feels like it could get away from the Bengals.
If you trust Wilson to pick up where he left off last season, bet on the Seahawks to cover the 9.5-point spread against the Bengals.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 1 Predictions: Seahawks -9.5 (-105) @ BetOnline.
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