Week 3 Free Betting Preview – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers

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The Cincinnati Bengals (+3) are set to face off against the Carolina Panthers (-3) at Bank of America Stadium. CBS will broadcast the action and this early afternoon game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Betting Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers

In this Sunday game, Carolina has been tabbed as the favorite and is currently giving up 3 points. The Bengals are also receiving +130 moneyline odds while the Panthers are -150. Vegas has determined the over/under (O/U) to be 43.5 points, and if one side catches a lucky break early, it would likely create a nice live betting opportunity.

The game’s total has moved down after opening at 44. The original line of -3 has yet to change.

The Bengals have gained 2.0 units so far and are 2-0 against the spread (ATS). The team’s recorded an O/U mark of 2-0.

The Panthers have gained 0.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 1-1 ATS and own an O/U record of 1-1.

The Bengals are 2-0 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Panthers are 1-1 SU.

The Bengals are hoping to remain undefeated after a 34-23 win over Baltimore last week. Andy Dalton completed 24-of-42 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Joe Mixon (84 yards on 21 rushes) provided the running attack while Tyler Boyd (six receptions, 91 yards, one TD) and A.J. Green (five catches, 69 yards, three TDs) shared the receiving duties in the win.

In Week 2, Atlanta took care of this Carolina team by a score of 31-24. Cam Newton completed 32-of-45 passes for 335 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Christian McCaffrey (37 rushing yards on eight attempts) handled the running attack as McCaffrey (14 receptions, 102 yards) and Devin Funchess (seven catches, 77 yards) led the pass-catching corps in the loss.

Each of these teams sports a strikingly similar (59-41 pass-to-run ratio on the season. The Bengals have rushed for 104.5 yards per game and have only one score on the ground this year. The Panthers are averaging 134.0 rushing yards per game and have two total rush TDs.

The Bengals offensive scheme has averaged 254.0 yards through the air overall and has six passing score so far. The Panthers have produced 248.0 pass yards per game and have three total pass TDs.

Cincinnati has allowed opponents to rush for an average of 70.5 yards and pass for 347.5 yards per game. The Carolina defense has given up 221.0 yards per game to opposing passers and 132.0 yards per game on the ground. The Bengals are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 5.34 to opposing QBs, while the Panthers have given up a 6.43 ANY/A.

Dalton probably has the advantage over Newton in this one, as his adjusted net yards per pass attempt stands at 8.21for the year and 7.90 over the last two outings. Newton’s ANY/A is 7.09 for the year and 6.30 over his past two outings.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Prediction

SU Winner: Bengals, ATS Winner: Bengals, O/U: Under

Team Betting Trends

  • Each team has lost one fumble this year.
  • Both passing attacks have produced zero pass plays of 40 or more yards. The Bengals have have made one pass play of 30+ yards while the Panthers have accounted for zero such plays.
  • Both teams have allowed zero pass plays of 40 or more yards and zero pass plays of 30+ yards.
  • Both teams have produced one rushing play of 20 or more yards. The Cincinnati offense has recorded two running plays of 10+ yards while Carolina has accounted for five such plays.
  • Both defenses have allowed zero rushing plays of 20 or more yards. The Bengals have given up one running plays of 10+ yards while the Panthers have given up two such plays.
  • Each team defense has created six sacks this season.