Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick – NFL Week 3

A pair of desperate 0-2 teams will eagerly seek to enter the win column on Sunday as the Bengals and Eagles do battle in Philadelphia.

While the Bengals are a young and emerging team and can definitely have seen some positives from their early-season, their opponents certainly have not. Philadelphia has been dreadful in many aspects, and were soundly beaten last week by the L.A. Rams. Carson Wentz has looked pretty awful when passing, and their defensive unit cannot stop anybody right now.

For Cincinnati, Joe Burrow has shown well through his first two starts in the NFL, but that is about it at the moment. This is still a young team without much talent at a variety of positions. There’s still a long way to go, though as they showed in Week 2 against Cleveland, they’ll be an exciting team this campaign.

One thing that could help the Bengals going forward is that the pressure is all but off this emerging group. That certainly isn’t the case in Philadelphia, where contention for the divisional title remains a constant need. With Philly so obviously vulnerable heading into Week 3, can the Bengals add to their misery? Read on beneath the posted odds for further analysis, team news, and a betting prediction as we look to put money in your pockets! Enjoy the Bengals vs. Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds:

Cincinnati Bengals +4 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -4 (-110)

Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick:

One element that has to be beyond disappointing for the Eagles and their passionate fans thus far should be their putrid defense. It’s been porous, especially within their linebackers – as was seen last week when Rams’ tight end Tyler Higbee dominated them.

Thankfully the Bengals don’t have the same skill at the position or within their pass-catchers to hurt the Eagles that way. Joe Mixon remains a talented running back, but the Eagles should do well to bottle him up. If they can focus on Burrow’s drop-backs within the passing game, and limit Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green downfield, the Eagles have a shot at winning a high-scoring contest.

The Bengals’ defense, especially in the middle of the field – aren’t any better than Philadelphia’s. These are teams that possess the same defensive issues, though Philly should have a bit more skill to expose them.

Last week, the Bengals looked like an amateur side trying to bring down Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt of the Browns. Miles Sanders for Philly remains one of the more elusive running backs in the NFL and should continue making Browns’ defenders miss with regularity.

WENTZSYLVANIA RETURNS?
In the passing game, expect Wentz to be better this week. He simply has to be against such a porous secondary. Wentz still has game left, though he knows that it needs to be shown more frequently. This week the Bengals will be without Geno Atkins, which should give Wentz more time and space to find his rhythm downfield from the pocket.

Too much has been altered through just two contests for my liking. The Eagles are not awful, and at home – they’re much better than just four-points over the Bengals. I get that their value has decreased heavily through two poor showings, but expect desperation to bring out the best in a Philadelphia side that still boasts a ton of skill. Expect that skill to win out here in Week 3, and for the Eagles to cover the number at home.

My Pick
Eagles -4
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.