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Bengals vs Patriots Odds - Brady to lead Patriots over depth-less Bengals

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:28:29 AM
NFL oddsThe Bengals vs Patriots odds will pit two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to depth. Online betting cappers know that the Patriots have one of the deepest rosters in the league, while the Bengals have a good crop of starters but lack quality backups. Just as it was in their first preseason game, depth will be the Bengals’ shortcoming in Week 2.

Bengals vs Patriots odds: Patriots -4.5

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Thursday, August 20th – 8:30 PM ET
  • WHERE: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA
  • PICK: Patriots -4.5

Bengals vs Patriots odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Bengals’ front lines flashed pretty good potential in their preseason opener. Carson Palmer looked healthy, Chad Johnson broke off for a huge catch and run while Chris Henry finished with seven catches for 100 yards. The Bengals don’t have much depth behind their starters, though, which means they might not put up many points on the board after their first stringers are out.

The Patriots first-string offense looked very sharp in their opener as well. In particular, Tom Brady looked like he didn’t miss an entire season’s worth of action, flinging the ball around to Randy Moss and company with ease. The Patriots have plenty of depth on offense – as many as five of their running backs have started for them – so look for them to move the ball all game.

Betting Edge: Patriots

Bengals vs Patriots odds maker breakdown: Defense

The Bengals’ defense was outplayed by the New Orleans Saints’ defense in the opener, and the same will likely happen in Week 2. The Bengals have made a few changes to their defense and their front-liners are just getting accustomed to playing with each other.

For the Patriots, it’s very much status quo. While their starters are set, their defense has a lot of young players looking to make impressions. Their first string defense should clamp down on the Bengals, and their backups should be stronger than the Bengals’ backups on offense.

Betting Edge: Patriots

Bengals vs Patriots odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

The special teams matchup is fairly even. Both teams have good kicking games but the slight edge in returns has to go to the Patriots, who have the crafty Wes Welker.

Betting Edge: Patriots

Bengals vs Patriots odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

NFL betting sharps should note that there are no major injuries in this contest.

Betting Edge: Even

Bengals vs Patriots betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

When it comes to the starters, the Patriots are simply the better team. Furthermore, this will be a contest that tests both teams’ depth, and the Patriots just have more of it. Lay the points in the sportsbook as the Patriots take their preseason home opener handily.

STAN’S PICK: Patriots -4.5

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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