Another big pre-season victory for us last night as Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs got the win over the Falcons. Kansas City looked excellent throughout and much of that had to do with coach Andy Reid leaving his starters in for much of the first half. As mentioned at the outset of the exhibition slate, so much of NFL pre-season handicapping is preparation. If you dig for the details and do the research, the betting takes care of itself.
With The Sports Geek we’ll continue to do the work, you just head to the window. Saturday night will be no different so please continue to read on below the odds for tonight’s featured matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. Both teams disappointed last season and will be looking to lay the foundation for some positive vibes going into the 2018 campaign.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys Odds:
Cincinnati Bengals +3 (+105)
@ Dallas Cowboys -3 (-125)
Over 41 (-120)
Under 41 (+100)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick:
Dallas’ starters looked good last week against San Francisco, but they ultimately lost their opener to the 49ers as a result of poor play from many of their third-stringers. The pressure is on the Cowboys to improve this season, but the truth is not much has changed. They might be a bit healthier, but if they can’t defend – they’ve got no chance in the competitive NFC East. They need to be better in that regard, and it starts in the pre-season.
It is expected that Dallas gives its starters a longer look vs. the Bengals, but nobody knows just how long it will be. Ezekiel Elliott rarely plays in the exhibition season, and no word has been revealed about his status for Saturday night either. On defense, Sean Lee will likely also be held out and first-rounder Leighton Vander Esch is dealing with a nagging groin.
For Cincinnati, they will be hard-pressed to avoid the basement in the AFC North this year. This isn’t a good team and despite a few intriguing offensive weapons, the depth and defensive structure just isn’t there. Marvin Lewis has somehow been retained as head coach again, despite the fact he’s never really led this team anywhere. Lewis is well-known for indifference to pre-season results, and Cincy enters tonight having dropped five of their past seven pre-season match-ups.
While it seems like Lewis will have the Bengals’ starters feature a little longer, he also stated that he wants to give some young guys a run with the first-teamers which could create a bit of a ‘mixed-bag’ effect. That could affect some of the chemistry and fluidity of their schemes. It’s also believed that TE Tyler Eifert could see snaps for Cincinnati this week.
When looking at the QB depth chart, I think it favors the Cowboys right now. Dak Prescott is still a promising, young quarterback and should be able to continue building chemistry with talented rookie wideout Michael Gallup. That duo should really trouble a suspect Bengals’ secondary.
He also has Cooper Rush directly behind him, who looked excellent back in Week 1. Rush went 15 of 23 for 145 yards passing and has really been a standout throughout all of camp – not throwing a single interception. When comparing that to the Bengals, they don’t really have a legitimate backup behind Andy Dalton after losing A.J. McCarron. Look for Dallas to get the job done at home on Saturday night, mostly on the backs of their superior quarterback depth.
PICK = Cowboys -3 (-125)