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NFL Betting Preview for October 24, 2010: Bengals vs. Falcons (-4)

Written by Gaby Varji   
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 22:42

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons Odds to WinThe online sports betting experts may be wondering if the Cincinnati Bengals are catching the Atlanta Falcons at a vulnerable time. The NFL betting community was a bit surprised when the Kevin Kolb-led Philadelphia Eagles obliterated the Atlanta Falcons in week six by a score of 31-17. The Eagles won the game without quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson who was injured in the first half.

The Bengals are coming off their bye week and are 2-3. Considering the quality of Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis, there is a very good chance that the Bengals made several changes to the way they play the game in their two weeks off. One the areas that the Bengals hopefully worked on is their run defense. Right now Cincinnati is 19th against the run allowing 111 yards per game. While the Bengals could help their own cause by scoring more touchdowns, if their defense could shave one touchdown per game off of the NFL scores they have allowed then the Bengals would be 4-1.

The Falcons stumbled a bit the last two weeks, but they have not yet officially fallen down. The preseason NFL predictions that saw the Falcons battling with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South title are coming true. But the Falcons are slipping in the standings as the Super Bowl champion Saints are starting to find their groove again.

The Falcons defense is 24th against the pass allowing an average of 240 yards per game. The Bengals pass offense is putting up an average of 248 yards per game. This could be the part of the game that decides the Northbet winner. Special teams is a slight advantage for the Falcons as they have yet to give up a touchdown on a kick while the Bengals have allowed a kick-off return for a TD. But that still indicates pretty much a wash at special teams.

The question for the Falcons is whether or not they can contain the two-headed receiving monster in Cincinnati that is Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. It has been a slow start for the “dynamic duo,” but they are starting to pick up steam as the season rolls on. It looks like the addition of Owens is just what Ochocinco and Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer needed to become prolific. The problem is that it is taking a little longer for the three to get used to each other. If it starts to come together for Ochocinco, Owens and Palmer in week seven then the Falcons are in big trouble.

Atlanta lost to the Philadelphia Eagles because the Falcons defense could not stop quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb moved his offense at will against the Falcons defense, and that has a lot to do with the Falcons season-long inability to stop the pass. The Bengals have an added dimension that the Eagles did not have; a running game. Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson is on track for a 1,000 yard season and is averaging right around four yards per carry. The Falcons will have their hands full in this pivotal game with the Bengals, and things may not end as Atlanta fans would hope.

BSN Sports Pick: Cincinnati Bengals 17-10

 
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