Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles ATS Pick
The Cincinnati Bengals head to Lincoln Financial Field this Thursday night to face the Philadelphia Eagles in what has turned into a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive. This inter-conference clash is set to get underway at 8:20 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on the NFL Network.
Cincinnati went into last Sunday's matchup against Dallas at 2-0 both straight-up and against the spread against the NFC East after already knocking off both Washington and New York. It came up on the short end of a 20-19 score on a last second Cowboys' 40-yard field goal. The Bengals closed as 3.5-point favorites so the loss dropped them to 7-6 SU and 6-6-1 ATS. The total has now stayed UNDER in their last five games.
They also lost a golden opportunity to make up some ground against Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North after both those teams lost SU. Cincinnati will have to quickly put this loss behind itself on a short week and get back to playing the way it did in its first two NFC East contests. The Bengals bring a balanced offensive attack into this matchup that should be able to move the ball up and down the field both on the ground and through the air. The defense should also have some success against an anemic Eagles' offense after holding its last five opponents to 20 points or less.
The Eagles' playoff chances ended weeks ago but they were able to snap a painful eight-game losing streak this past Sunday with a thrilling last-second 23-21 victory over Tampa Bay as eight-point underdogs on the road. It was just their fourth SU win on the season against nine losses and just the third time this year they covered the spread. The total stayed UNDER the 47.5-point line.
You would hardly recognized Philadelphia's starting offense from opening day with players such as quarterback Nick Foles, running back Bryce Brown and wide receiver Riley Cooper taking the place of Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. The Eagles tried their hardest to keep the losing streak alive after blowing a 10-point lead, but Foles' pass to Jeremy Maclin in the corner of Tampa Bay's end zone as time expired added a glimmer of hope that they can go on another end of the season run in what has been a second-straight disappointing year.
Game Betting Trends
The Bengals are 7-12-3 ATS in their last 22 games but 4-1 SU in their last five games on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last four road games.
The Eagles are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games at home.
These two teams last met in 2008 with the game ending in a 13-13 overtime tie. Philadelphia was favored by 9.5-points on the road and the total stayed UNDER the 41-point line.
Cincinnati's entire season hangs in the balance on Thursday night while Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie is already out Christmas shopping for a new head coach. Look for the Bengals to come into Philadelphia and take care of business as it is hard seeing this game remaining closer than three points.