Bengals (14-5 last season) vs Falcons (7-10 last year)
Cincinnati Bengals vs Atlanta Falcons 8/18/2023 — Joe Burrow is in the midst of his recovery from a lower-body injury; he was absent from the Cincinnati Bengals’ first preseason game. However, Burrow’s substitutes struggled to manage the responsibility, resulting in the Bengals’ loss to the Green Bay Packers with a final score of 36-19. Jake Browning completed 10 out of 17 passes, accumulating 95 yards and one interception, while Trevor Siemian had 15 successful completions out of 28 attempts, gaining 121 yards and experiencing one interception. Among the Bengals’ receivers, Andrei Iosivas led with 50 receiving yards, whereas Chris Evans took the lead in rushing with a total of 49 yards.
Making their debut in the preseason, the Atlanta Falcons displayed a dominant defensive performance, stifling the Miami Dolphins and holding them to just three points, ultimately winning with a score of 19-3. Godwin Igwebuke stood out with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, complementing Logan Woodside’s 146 passing yards achieved through 14 successful throws out of 23 attempts. In terms of receiving yards, Xavier Malone led the team with 50 yards, while Carlos Washington Jr. and Tucker Fisk each secured three receptions.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Atlanta Falcons Game Info
Time: 7:30 PM ET.
Date: Friday, August 18, 2023
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, GA
TV: NFL Network
Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow and Atlanta QB Desmond Ridder
Joe Burrow’s passing performance saw him complete 26 out of 41 passes, amassing 270 yards and securing one touchdown. His quarterback rating stood at 70.2, but he did face two interceptions by the end of the game. Unfortunately, the Bengals struggled to defend against the rushing plays, conceding a total of 42 yards on 20 attempts, averaging 2.1 yards per attempt. In terms of passing defense, Cincinnati allowed the opposing team to make 29 completions out of 43 attempts, resulting in a completion rate of 67.4% and a cumulative yardage of 315 yards. The team executed 63 plays overall, accumulating a total of 309 yards. When it came to rushing, the Cincinnati Bengals managed 71 yards across 17 attempts, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt.
With 2 touchdowns to his name, Desmond Ridder concluded the game with 224 passing yards achieved through 19 successful throws out of 30 attempts, leading to a quarterback efficiency rating of 108.2. He maintained an average passing yardage of 7.5 yards per attempt and remarkably avoided interceptions. In contrast, the Falcons’ defensive backfield allowed a completion rate of 64.7%, conceding a total of 136 yards on 22 completions out of 34 pass attempts. The Falcons executed 67 plays throughout the game, averaging 5.7 yards per play. Atlanta’s rushing attack managed an average of 5.0 yards per carry, resulting in a collective gain of 174 yards on 35 carries.
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati Bengals +7, Total Odds: 38.5
Atlanta’s defense defeated Miami in the opening week of the preseason, but it will now play a risky Cincinnati offense that will have several of its skill position players on the field on Friday. Atlanta’s defense ought to deliver another outstanding effort. Cincinnati also boasts a strong defense, and they will start several of its players against Atlanta even if only a small number of them participated in the loss to Green Bay.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Trends
In their previous 5 games, the Cincinnati Bengals have a 1-4 ATS record. In their last 12 games, the Cincinnati Bengals have a 10-2 SU record. In their previous 5 matches versus Atlanta, the Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 ATS. In their previous 5 games versus Atlanta, the Cincinnati Bengals have a 5-0 SU record. In their last 6 games on the road, the Cincinnati Bengals have a 5-1 ATS record.
Atlanta Falcons Betting Trends
In their last 12 games, the Atlanta Falcons have a 4-8 ATS record. In 6 of Atlanta’s past 7 games, the total was UNDER. In 8 of Atlanta’s last 9 games versus Cincinnati, the total was OVER. In their previous 8 home games, the Atlanta Falcons are 6-2 SU. In six of Atlanta’s previous six home games vs Cincinnati, the total went OVER.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Atlanta Falcons Betting Trends
Cincinnati Bengals vs Atlanta Falcons: In six of Cincinnati’s previous six road games versus Atlanta, the total has gone OVER. In 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games against opponents from the National Football Conference, the total went OVER. In their previous 5 games against opponents from the National Football Conference South division, the Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 ATS. In their previous 6 games played in August, the Cincinnati Bengals have a 1-5 SU record. In 5 of Atlanta’s previous 6 games against opponents from the American Football Conference, the total was UNDER. In their previous 10 games against opponents from the American Football Conference North division, the Atlanta Falcons are 1-9 ATS. In their previous 20 August games, the Atlanta Falcons are 4-16 ATS. The Atlanta Falcons are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games played on a Friday.
Free Pick and Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals will win 24-17.