Redskins vs. Bengals Prediction
The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals kick off another busy Sunday of NFL action tomorrow morning at 9:30AM ET in London. Which team has the edge in this game?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Bengals are a slight favorite in London, as they are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Redskins. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 49.5 points. The Bengals have won three straight meetings with the Redskins, covering the spread in all three games.
Washington had a four-game win streak snapped last week by the Lions in Detroit, 20-17. Washington is now 4-3 on the season and 4-3 against the spread. The Redskins have covered in all four wins and failed to in all three losses. Washington is an offense that is producing 403.3 yards per game, but the team has been without star tight end Jordan Reed the last two weeks. Reed was cleared to travel to London this week after dealing with a concussion, and is probable to play on Sunday. He has 316 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. Kirk Cousins has been playing well lately and now has 1,996 yards passing with 10 touchdowns on the season. Defensively, Washington is giving up 23.1 points and 379.7 yards per game. The unit looked as if it would be without CB Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion in last week’s game, but he also was cleared to travel and is probable for this game. Norman has 27 tackles with 1 INT and 8 pass deflections this year.
Cincinnati is coming off a 31-17 win over the Browns last week to improve to 3-4 on the season. Cincy is now 3-4 against the spread, also covering in all wins and failing to in all losses. The Bengals have an offense that is averaging 410.7 yards per game, yet producing just 20 points per contest. The offense had a nice burst last week thanks to Jeremy Hill, who ran for 168 yards and a touchdown. He injured his wrist in the performance, but is listed as probable to play in this game. Andy Dalton has thrown for 2,065 yards and eight touchdowns this season with only two interceptions while A.J. Green has 50 catches for 775 yards and three scores. The defense is giving up 23.1 points and 366.1 yards per contest. Cincinnati is holding opponents to only 247 passing yards per game.
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The Redskins should get a boost with Reed and Norman expected to play. You could argue they are the two most important players on the roster. Norman should be able to limit the damage Green can do, which makes it tough for the Bengals to move the ball. Washington had some turnover issues last week that should be corrected and I think they find a way to grind out some drives and get a big win over Cincy.
NFL WEEK 8 PREDICTION: WASHINGTON REDSKINS +2.5