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Packers Bengals Betting Predictions – Rodgers, Packers Look To Bring Better Effort

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/16/2012 6:49:07 PM

The Green Bay Packers were arguably the best team in football a year ago. However, winning in the NFL comes down to executing week in and week out and after falling short against the New York Giants in last year’s NFC Divisional round, the Packers enter this season with a chip on their shoulder. Despite all that Green Bay’s first team units were beaten up pretty bad in a 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers to open the preseason, and it won’t get any easier this week as Aaron Rodgers and company travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals in week two of the preseason this Thursday.

Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Thursday August 16, 2012 – 9:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
NFL Betting Line: Green Bay Packers – 3

The Bengals’ defense was dominant against the New York Jets in their opener, limiting them to just 57 passing yards with five sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. Playing against a team as good as the Packers gives Cincinnati an even better opportunity to prove what it can do, so don’t expect the defense to take anything off its attack this sports betting week.

NFL Betting Preview: Green Bay Packers

It wasn’t the fact that Green Bay lost a preseason game that was such a surprise, but rather the way that they lost it with Rodgers completing just 2 of 8 passes with an interception and fumble against a defense that wasn’t very good last season. The Packers quickly conceded a 14-point lead before backup quarterback Graham Harrell helped get them back in it with a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the dying second of the first half. Green Bay’s offense will play with a little more urgency this week as we move one step closer to the games that actually count, with running back Cedric Benson making his debut to help even out the balance between the pass and run games against his former team.

NFL Betting Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals’ defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer appreciated everything that he saw out of his units last week, and expects more of the same as one of the best offenses in the NFL arrives in town. Things didn’t go as smoothly on the offensive side of the ball with Andy Dalton and Bruce Gradkowski each failing to complete 50-percent of their passes, and both will look to be sharper this time around. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who replaces Benson, finished with 22 yards on seven carries in the exhibition opener. While at first glance those look like good numbers, the subtraction of a 12-yard run leaves the law firm with just 10 yards on six carries so there is still work to do.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The consensus among the online NFL betting experts is that Rodgers and the Packers will play this game with a lot more urgency than they did the opener, which means as long as backups Harrell and BJ Coleman execute again they should be in line for a win. The Bengals’ defense looked very good against New York in the opener, but this Green Bay offense is much more explosive so there will be a bigger onus on Dalton and the offense to keep up.

NFL Betting Pick: Green Bay Packers

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