Bengals Panthers Betting – Bengals Maul Clausen In His First NFL Start
Carolina’s sports betting odds weren’t that great coming into the season, but they’re surely lower now that they’ve decided to go with their rookie quarterback. The Panthers will welcome Cincinnati to town this weekend, and the Bengals are going to feast on Carolina’s young pivot, as well as a defense that has had problems against the aerial attack.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, September 26th, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
- Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -3
What’s On The Line
The Bengals (1-1) were somewhat fortunate to come away with a 15-10 win at home over Baltimore last week as they benefitted from a few bad calls by the referees. Meanwhile, the Panthers (0-2) looked completely out of sorts in a 20-7 loss at home to Tampa Bay, so much so that it looks like their rookie quarterback is going to get a chance to show his stuff this week. Expectations in Carolina were low to begin with, so this means more to Cincinnati, who have underperformed badly over the first two weeks of the season.
Offensive Matchups: Bengals Panthers Betting
Cincinnati is 10th in the league in offense, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Carson Palmer looked awful against the Ravens, going 16-of-35 for 167 yards, and he missed a few open receivers for first downs and touchdowns. He may have too many weapons at his disposal and it’s causing Palmer to think too much, but to be honest, he hasn’t been right for a couple of years now. The offense needs to be simplified, and quickly, because Palmer is in risk of losing the confidence of his team.
Matt Moore was 6-of-16 for 125 yards, one touchdown and a pick, and then was pulled for rookie Jimmy Clausen, who was 7-of-13 for 59 yards and a pick, so it’s safe to say that the Panthers are having troubles under center, and that never bodes well for a team’s NFL betting odds. The Panthers also abandoned the running game with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, so look for them to go back to that with Clausen as the starter.
Betting Edge: Bengals
Defensive Matchups: Bengals Panthers Betting
The Bengals picked off Joe Flacco four times, which kept them in the game, and Dhani Jones led the way with nine tackles. The defense was embarrassed in New England during their Week 1 loss, and you could tell early on that they were going to come out with plenty of fire. The Bengals also kept Ray Rice quiet, but the two-headed monster of Stewart and Williams poses a whole new set of problems for them.
The Panthers didn’t fare too badly against Tampa Bay, keeping their ground game in check, but they struggled to keep Josh Freeman contained. They didn’t get to him a lot in the backfield, and when he did get outside of the pocket, the Panthers couldn’t bring him down. It’s a good thing that Palmer isn’t a mobile pivot, but the Panthers aren’t even that good when it comes to pocket passers. Carolina has allowed five touchdowns through the air this season, and that could have the Bengals licking their chops.
Betting Edge: Bengals
Notable Injuries: Bengals Panthers Betting
Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones (shoulder) snatched his first pick of the year, but he’s questionable for this game. Defensive end Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) is doubtful for the Bengals.
Defensive lineman Louis Leonard (elbow) and Tyler Brayton (ankle) missed last week’s game, and may be out this week as well. Offensive lineman Jeff Otah (knee) has yet to play this year, and he’s doubtful for this week.
Betting Edge: Draw
Outlook and Pick: Bengals Panthers Betting
NFL betting odds have the Bengals as a 3-point favorite on the road, and they should win this game as well, despite two previous losses in Carolina. It’s just too risky to put any faith in the Panthers with a rookie quarterback, especially against a good defense like Cincinnati. This could be the game that the Cincinnati offense needs to get back on track, and if they can keep Palmer on his feet, he should be able to find the likes of Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and Jordan Shipley. Take the Cincinnati Bengals as a runaway online betting pick in your sportsbook.
Stan’s Pick: Cincinnati Bengals