In their previous preseason game, the Bengals suffered a disappointing 36-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Jake Browning both struggled, failing to throw a touchdown pass and throwing interceptions. With starting quarterback Joe Burrow still sidelined, the Bengals will once again rely on Siemian and Browning to lead the offense.
The Falcons, on the other hand, had a more encouraging performance in their preseason opener. They secured a comfortable 19-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Running back Godwin Igwebuike showcased his skills, rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The Falcons’ defense and special teams also contributed to the win, with a punt return touchdown and an interception return touchdown.
Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith has announced that second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder will start the game against the Bengals. This presents an opportunity for Ridder to prove himself and potentially secure a starting role this season. However, it’s worth noting that rookie running back Bijan Robinson is unlikely to see significant playing time against Cincinnati. Additionally, last year’s starting running back, Cordarrelle Patterson, will be sidelined for the remainder of the preseason due to an undisclosed injury.
Considering the Bengals’ struggles in their first preseason game and the Falcons’ solid performance against the Dolphins, it’s reasonable to expect Atlanta to have the upper hand in this matchup. The Falcons’ offense, defense, and special teams have shown promise, and they are likely to see more production from their starters compared to the Bengals.
However, the moneyline at -250 for the Falcons is quite risky, making it a less appealing option. Instead, betting on the point spread or the over/under may be a more prudent choice.
In a game that will likely see both teams testing out different lineups and evaluating their depth, the Falcons are expected to come out on top. With that said, the final score prediction for this preseason matchup is Falcons 21, Bengals 12.
Cincinnati Bengals +200 Moneyline
Atlanta Falcons -250 moneyline
Bengals at +6.5 (-110)
Falcons at -6.5 (-110).
The over/under is 38.5
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