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Cincinnati Bengals NFL Week 2 Odds

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It looks like Cincinnati might have its quarterback of the future in Joe Burrow. While the Bengals didn’t win their opener last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, Burrow did have some nice moments in his debut. Cincinnati was in position to win for most of the game, perhaps echoing a quicker turnaround for this franchise than most expected. They will have a chance to earn some bragging rights this week when they head up I-71 to take on the Cleveland Browns.

2020 Cincinnati Bengals at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +17500

AFC Championship Odds: +9000

Cincinnati Bengals Week 2 Odds

Cincinnati Bengals +5.5

Cleveland Browns -5.5

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Cincinnati Bengals Week 2 Matchup

The Browns did not look good in their Week 1 loss to Baltimore. Cleveland never led in a 38-6 blowout loss to the Ravens, as their defense was repeatedly gashed by Lamar Jackson through the air. Jackson completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in the win, as the Browns sold out to try and stop Baltimore’s formidable run game. They did hold the Ravens to 3.6 YPC, but their overaggressive mentality in that aspect led to big completions to Marquise Brown, Willie Snead IV, and Mark Andrews.

Cincinnati doesn’t have near the same weapons on offense as Baltimore, but there are some nice things to take out of Week 1 for the Bengals. Burrow proved that he has some wheels, scoring on a 23-yard touchdown to open the game, so the Browns will have to respect his ability to tuck it and run. He also quickly established a rapport with Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green, targeting the veteran wide receiver nine times in Week 1.

Green hasn’t faced the Browns defense since November 2017, but he is still one of the most talented receivers in the game. He has the potential to go off against this secondary, as Cleveland’s defensive backs were some of the worst in the NFL in 2019 and are banged up coming into this game on short rest. Greedy Williams and Kevin Johnson both sat out in Week 1 due to injury, and Williams and Robert Jackson are questionable to play this week.

On the other side of the ball, Cleveland is discovering more of an identity. The Browns are going to run the ball more under Kevin Stefanski than they did under Freddie Kitchens, and they had some success against the Ravens in that area. Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb combined to carry the ball 23 times for 132 yards, although some of that did come in garbage time. Baker Mayfield has to do a better job making decisions though. It appears he hasn’t grown in the offseason after one week, completing just over 50 percent of his passes and averaging under 5.0 YPA in Week 1.

The Bengals didn’t have Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins in their opener, but this defense still played well. They bottled up Tyrod Taylor when he made the decision to run, allowing less than 4.0 YPC to the Chargers, and Cincinnati conceded under 7.0 YPA. That’s good news considering the issues this team had last year in those areas.

Cincinnati Bengals Week 1 Recap

It was a very tough Week 1 loss for the Bengals. Cincinnati took a 13-6 lead into the fourth quarter against Los Angeles, but they ended the game with a fumble, interception, and missed field goal in their last three possessions. Joe Mixon’s fumble led to the go-ahead score for the Chargers, and an inexplicable Burrow interception off a shovel pass cost the Bengals a golden opportunity to at least tie the game again late in the fourth quarter.

Randy Bullock will go down as the goat for missing a 31-yard field goal in the final seconds, but Cincinnati had multiple chances to win this game. The Bengals had first-and-goal on the Chargers’ three-yard line before an OPI call on A.J. Green nullified a touchdown, and Burrow made a few other wild throws that didn’t lead to interceptions. Cincinnati hasn’t had a winning season since 2015, and these are the types of games teams must win to turn it around.

Cincinnati Bengals Schedule & Results

WEEK MATCHUP RESULT RECORD
Week 1 vs Los Angeles Chargers L 16-13 0-1
WEEK MATCHUP DATE TIME & TV (ET)
Week 2 at Cleveland Browns Thu, Sep 17 8:20 PM (NFL)
Week 3 at Philadelphia Eagles Sun, Sep 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 4 vs Jacksonville Jaguars Sun, Oct 4 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 5 at Baltimore Ravens Sun, Oct 11 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 6 at Indianapolis Colts Sun, Oct 18 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 7 vs Cleveland Browns Sun, Oct 25 4:25 PM (CBS)
Week 8 vs Tennessee Titans Sun, Nov 1 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 9 BYE WEEK
Week 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers Sun, Nov 15 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 11 at Washington Redskins Sun, Nov 22 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 12 vs New York Giants Sun, Nov 29 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 13 at Miami Dolphins Sun, Dec 6 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 14 vs Dallas Cowboys Sun, Dec 13 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 15 vs Pittsburgh Steelers Sun, Dec 21 8:15 PM (ESPN)
Week 16 at Houston Texans Sun, Dec 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 17 vs Baltimore Ravens Sun, Jan 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Bengals Past Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2019 2-14 None
2018 6-10 None
2017 7-9 None
2016 6-9-1 None
2015 12-4 Lost Wild Card
2014 10-5-1 Lost Wild Card
2013 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2012 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2011 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2010 4-12 None
2009 10-6 Lost Wild Card
2008 4-11-1 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 8-8 None
2005 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2004 8-8 None
2003 8-8 None
2002 2-14 None
2001 6-10 None
2000 4-12 None

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