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Tips For Betting On Bengals Redskins – Depleted Redskins Must Score Often To Beat Bengals

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/19/2012 6:38:39 PM

The Washington Redskins have been decimated by injuries this past week, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They'll need to get a huge game from Robert Griffin III in week three.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Washington Redskins – Sunday, September 23     
Sport betting line: Washington -3.5

Why Cincinnati Will Win

When football betting gurus go over the week of games in the NFL, they immediately study the infirmary report and assess the carnage on the rosters of teams that will meet in the coming days. Clearly, the injury calculus lines up in favor of the visiting Bengals as they make a visit to the nation's capital city.

A pair of season-ending injuries to Washington defensive lineman Adam Carriker and linebacker Brian Orakpo have abruptly crippled the Redskins' defense, leaving the team noticeably shorthanded. Washington is now faced with having to win high-scoring games, and it has conceded over 30 points in each of its first two regular season contests, which has to worry head coach Mike Shanahan and the rest of his staff.
The Redskins will have to accumulate copious quantities of points to win against a Cincinnati squad that rang up 34 points against Cleveland this past weekend. Scoring 28 points, as Washington did against the St. Louis Rams in week two, probably isn't going to be enough. The Redskins opened as a 4.5-point favorite, so the fact that the Redskins have already lost a point on most betting services tells you that these injuries are changing the way in which the Skins are seen by bettors and analysts.

Why Washington Will Win

Even if you don't care for online casino games, you have to admit that watching Robert Griffin III is always a fun and entertaining experience akin to watching the next set of cards come up in a contest of chance. What will Griffin do next? He didn't win in week two against the St. Louis Rams, but he still performed well, leading his team to 28 points and remaining miles better than any quarterback the Redskins have had in quite some time. Washington's offense, over the past three to five years, was the clear liability of the team, the unit that kept the Redskins back and prevented them from moving up the ladder in the NFC.

Now, the offense is a strength. It's true that Griffin is only two games into his professional career, but he is making an impact far greater than a lot of pigskin pundits were expecting. Griffin's feel for the sport is unmistakable. His athleticism meshes with his innate understanding of the intricacies of football, creating an ideal quarterback. If, in his home opener, Griffin rides the wave of energy and support he's sure to receive from an appreciative crowd of Redskin fans, Washington's offense should flourish, and the team's defensive deficiencies will be minimized.

Who Will Win

It’s very possible that Griffin will steal the show, but two injuries to prime frontline defensive performers in two separate layers of the team's defense will be too much for the Redskins to overcome. Cincinnati has enough offensive talent to exploit Washington's vulnerable areas on defense.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Cincinnati



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