Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-8-2019
On Sunday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks will do battle in this AFC North vs. NFC West division matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on CBS.
The Bengals lead the All-time series 11-9. Cincinnati is not fazed by the power of the 12th man, as they are 4-4 All-time at Seattle. Meanwhile the Seahawks are ready to take down the lowly Bengals, with a great quarterback and smothering home defense.
Bengals Looking For A Decent Season
The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2018 season going 6-10, finishing fourth in the AFC North, and losing the last two games of the season. The Bengals were 2-6 away and gave up the second-most points in the AFC with 455 points allowed. They are ranked 28th for the 2019 season and most expect them to have their fourth losing season in a row.
The Bengals will bring 16 new coaches to the team and maybe that will lead to a great game plan. Andy Dalton will be ready to go. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd put up 1000 plus yards last season and he will be ready to do it again. They have three new lineman to keep the ball protected. Hopefully, Tyler Eifert will make a great impact this season, considering he missed most of last season, do to an ankle injury. On defense, this team will have one of the deepest groups in the league. In season openers, the Bengals are 11-15 on the road. If this team can get to the red zone, then they will be able to score against this Seattle defense. The Bengals had a 71.1 percentage in the red zone last season and that was third in the NFL.
Chad Johnson believes that the Bengals can upset the Seahawks. Here’s what he tweeted: Tyler Boyd is gonna go crazy, offensively to stifle the Seattle front we can go quick game in the air, screen & draw the aggressive defensive ends, Mixon will finish them off and kill the clock in the 4th.
Center Trey Hopkins talks about the offensive line.
“You’ve got a lot of things that are important to nail down, so it’s important to nail that down and we’ve been working on it for a long time,” Hopkins said this week. “We’ve been there with Turner since OTAs going over cadences. Bobby has been very instrumental in how we actually do the silent cadence. It’s most important to the tackles because whenever the ball gets snapped, the guards can see it. But the tackles need that edge. They can’t be a split hair late off the ball because the ends are so fast in this league you have no shot of blocking them.”
Seahawks Ready To Hit The Ground Running
The Seattle Seahawks finished 2018 season going 10-6, finishing second in the NFC West, and getting the first wild card spot. The Seahawks were 6-2 at home and third in scoring with 428 points. They are ranked 12th for the 2019 season and they will probably be right on the bubble of making the playoffs again.
The Seahawks will have high expectations again this season. They are led by some of the best veterans in the league and an elite coach in Pete Carroll. Seattle led the league in rushing last season and they should be able to go for over 200 yards. The Seahawks have always been a good rushing team and it can bail out any bad drive, and all the sudden, set up for a score. Their rushing is a quick tempo type of gameplay and after a while, teams just can’t keep up. Chris Carson will lead that rushing charge. Quarterback Russell Wilson will need to see what new targets he can throw to and keep that passer rating high. Finally, some of the new defenders will keep that awesome Seattle defense reputation alive.
The Seattle defense has always been scary good and left tackle Duane Brown had this to say about it: “It’s scary, man,” left tackle Duane Brown said of Seattle’s front seven. “It’s scary. With Clowney and Ziggy on the edge, Poona Ford I think is going to be a star in this league, we get J-Reed back; Bobby and K.J. have been staples in this defense and in the league for a long time, playing at a high level, and Kendricks is a very, very great athlete, also someone who can rush the passer when asked to. I think it just got real, it just got real for other offenses. I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to do our part on offense to try to be as equally dangerous, but watching those guys is going to be fun.”
- Seahawks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Seahawks are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Seahawks are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Bengals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- In season openers, the Bengals are 11-15 on the road.
- 2-6 on the road last season.