It has certainly been a dismal start to the season for the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton has looked beyond mediocre at the quarterback position, and rumours were even circling that some of his teammates were petitioning management to go out and get Colin Kaepernick to QB the Bengals. Nonetheless, it will be Dalton on Sunday in Green Bay, and he and his teammates surely enter a desperate group, with 0-3 being a dreaded outlook.
For the Packers, they put up a decent showing last week against the Falcons but ultimately that offensive buzzsaw was just too much. They’ve ran into the injury bug yet again, with Jordy Nelson banged up and Randall Cobb seemingly highly doubtful to suit up on Sunday afternoon. Their offensive line was in shambles and as a result Aaron Rodgers did not get the protection he was used to. This should be a good match-up between two desperate teams. The Bengals need to keep pace with the Steelers and Ravens, while the Packers tend to bounce back and will actively seek to keep the upstart Detroit Lions within their reach.
Read on below for further analysis and breakdown, as well as a betting selection for the Bengals and Packers in the second wave of Sunday NFL Week 3 action.
Bengals vs. Packers Betting Odds:
Cincinnati Bengals +8 (-115)
@ Green Bay Packers -8 (-105)
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Bengals vs. Packers Pick:
Though it has been a suspect start from the Cincinnati Bengals, they aren’t as bad as their first two outings would indicate. While things won’t get any easier for them in Week 3, I’d count on a much better showing at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Cincinnati has struggled to block and keep Dalton upright so far in 2017. The Packers can bring some pressure, but nowhere near the levels Cincinnati has seen in their first two weeks. Expect a bit of a reprieve on that front, and as a result – look for Dalton to be able to operate more comfortably out of the pocket.
With a bit more time and space, A.J. Green should finally put up the numbers we all expect from him. The Packers have an awful secondary as was seen last week. Nobody within that unit can stop the talented Green. Tyler Eifert is also missing as the tight end for Cincinnati so more focus will need be on Green, and the Bengals’ trio of backs used as receivers.
Last week the Packers also couldn’t block at all. They were onto their third and fourth-string tackles to protect Rodgers, and the quarterback had very little time and space. Unfortunately things for the Packers won’t be getting any easier. One thing the Bengals do quite well is generate pressure on opposing QB’s and they manage that with a superb edge rush. Through the middle Geno Atkins is virtually unstoppable and clogs up all lanes and the run game too. They should be able to bottle up Ty Montgomery and get to Rodgers with regularity if Green Bay’s injuries on the O-Line persist. Check statuses before kickoff!
The Bengals’ defense is playing as well as anyone’s and should be able to contain the always dangerous Aaron Rodgers. They enter this game a motivated bunch, especially after firing their offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. Expect a new and rejuvenated look on offense for the Bengals and expect more from the talented rookie Joe Mixon running out the backfield.
With all of the Packers’ injuries and the fact that they have a big Thursday night game coming up against a divisional opponent – all angles point to the Bengals. They’re also a desperate group that has had 10 full days to prepare for this match. Look for them to keep things very tight on Sunday, proving to the football world they’re not as bad as they’ve looked so far.
PICK = Bengals +8 (-115)