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Bengals Jaguars Betting Predictions – Bengals, Jaguars Try To Maintain Upward Trends

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/27/2012 6:39:05 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals have rebounded well from their 31-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens in week one. The Jacksonville Jaguars won after losing their first two games of the 2012 season.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, September 30    
Betting line: Cincinnati -1

Why Cincinnati Will Win

The online sports betting legal world has ample reason to like the Bengals here. Even though this team does not have a history of embracing prosperity, it is going up against an opponent that probably won’t be able to take advantage of Cincinnati's penchant for inconsistency.

Jacksonville is coming off a win, but one should conduct a reality check of the Jaguars after their week-three triumph. Coach Mike Mularkey's team beat the lowly Indianapolis Colts, the franchise that is starting over with a rookie at quarterback and lots of younger faces on defense. The Jaguars did not beat the 10- or 12-win Colts of Peyton Manning vintage. They beat a team that is likely to lose at least 10 games this season if not more. It's true that a last-minute 80-yard touchdown pass will make a team feel good, but the Jaguars will be carrying their momentum into a contest against Cincinnati, a team that made the playoffs last season.

The Bengals are far from a finished product, and their defense looks fairly weak, but Cincinnati's offense is strong. Quarterback Andy Dalton is establishing a good rapport with his receivers, particularly A.J. Green. The Bengals have been very aggressive on offense so far this season, attacking secondaries with deep balls, some of them on trick plays. This is a team that feels very good about itself, so the Jaguars will not be the only team that's taking the field with a positive mindset and outlook. Cincinnati's offensive weapons are formidable, and that's more than what can be said of a Jacksonville offense that has not yet scored more than 23 points in any game this season. Cincinnati has scored at least 34 points in two of its first three games. Advantage, Bengals.

Why Jacksonville Will Win

Plenty of football betting aficionados will rely on a simple truth in this contest: Cincinnati historically does not embrace prosperity. The Bengals could win three games in a row if they take this tilt in Jacksonville. This is a franchise, mind you, that rarely wins division championships and has not been able to become a consistent playoff team on a yearly basis. The team with the tiger-stripe helmets would be bucking the odds to a certain extent if it prevails over the Jaguars. Cincinnati's skill players, beginning with quarterback Andy Dalton, are young and prone to reversals in form. This is not a steady team, but a schizoid one, and having just won a second straight game, the recent past suggests that the Bengals are due for a loss.

The other reason to take the Jaguars here is that after their last-minute win over the Colts, they have new reason to believe in themselves and each other. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert will gain a world of added self-belief from his game-winning touchdown pass against Indianapolis this past Sunday. Gabbert gained the kind of breakthrough moment he needs in order to become a confident and trusted leader. If Gabbert does solidify into a quality quarterback, Jacksonville will not only win this game; it will become an AFC contender.

Who Will Win

It’s not an easy pick, but Jacksonville is not as talented as Cincinnati. Moreover, Jacksonville was quite fortunate to win at Indianapolis, one of the poorer and less experienced teams in the league. The Jaguars' recent win was something of a mirage. Cincinnati is the more solid team and should be given the edge on the road.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Cincinnati


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