Originally posted here and written by Andrew Ryan of BangTheBook.com
On Friday night, there is only one NFL preseason betting battle for pro football betting fans to sink their teeth into. The Philadelphia Eagles will fly West to tango with the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in a nationally televised duel on Fox.
Give the Eagles all the credit in the world for picking apart the Jacksonville Jaguars defense last week. They rolled up 496 total yards of offense, nearly 80 yards more than any other team put up in Week 1 of the exhibition campaign. However, the issue that the offense had was that it couldn’t figure out how to finish drives in the end zone. K David Akers ended up kicking five field goals, all of which came from inside of 40 yards. In spite of the fact that all three quarterbacks for Philadelphia had their moments, none of them were able to find the end zone. QB Michael Vick looked the best of the three, going 11-for-17 for 119 yards with a pick. However, he also ran for 50 yards and one of the two offensive TDs for the team. The other score was by RB Martell Mallett, who is trying his best to make this team. The former BC Lions superstar ran the ball 15 times for 60 yards. Starting QB Kevin Kolb had a respectable debut as the undisputed starter of this team, going 6-of-11 for 95 yards. He generated a pair of field goal drives in the first quarter. In the receiving game, both WRs Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson caught passes for at least 25 yards, a dimension of the game that is going to be crucial for the success of the Eagles this year. Though the boys from the City of Brotherly Love won last week 28-27, it wasn’t enough to cover the three point NFL line in the game.
Cincinnati rebounded from a miserable Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys with a 33-24 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. After a dismal game for all three quarterbacks two weeks ago, both JT O’Sullivan and Carson Palmer looked significantly better. Palmer started the game out by going 12-of-15 for 105 yards, which is the best he has looked in a game since last December. O’Sullivan went 7-of-15 for 118 yards in his relief. The rushing attack produced two touchdowns, as both RBs James Johnson and Cedric Benson found pay dirt. The ground game looked very, very strong all day long, picking up 191 yards and averaging 5.5 yards per carry. The defense showed some ferocity as well, forcing a pair of Denver turnovers and registering two sacks. LB Dhani Jones, who is fighting for a starting linebacker spot, had an interception returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. K Dave Rayner connected on four of his five field goal attempts.
Both of these teams have the ability to score a ton of points in a hurry. We can see either team finding a way to score in the high 20s if they are on the tops of their games. This could also be the game where HC Marvin Lewis decides to play Palmer and the starters for the longest time, since this is Cincinnati’s third preseason contest. It seems like these teams will combine for at least five touchdowns on the day, as their respective coaches will demand that they finish drives after having so many scoring chances last week and failing.
NFL Pick Selection: Philadelphia Eagles/Cincinnati Bengals Over 37
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