The Bengals are ascending NFL power rankings everywhere. Cincinnati dismantled a helpless Chiefs squad last week to keep their perfect record intact, and now look to keep that momentum going against the defending NFC champion Seahawks as betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Seattle barely scraped by a winless Lions team on Monday Night Football, and in all likelihood would have lost that game at home if it weren’t for a blown call inside the final minute of the game.
Aside from a thorough beat down of the Bears in Week 3, the Seahawks have looked ordinary this season, losing in St. Louis and Green Bay, and then eking past the Lions.
Subsequently, oddsmakers have been forced to adjust. In the advanced line on this contest, the Seahawks were 2.5-point road favorites but that number has completely flipped, as it’s now the Bengals laying three points.
This is certainly a difficult matchup for the Seahawks. Seattle is known for not being as good on the road as they are at home, and they enter this game on an 0–6 straight up and 0-4-2 against the spread run in their six games on the road against AFC North opponents, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
The Seahawks’ offensive line play has been abysmal this season, and that doesn’t bode well against a Bengals pass rush that’s registered 11 sacks this season, tied for sixth in the league. Seattle will likely get a boost in the running game with the return of Marshawn Lynch, but that may not matter if the Seahawks’ offensive line cannot open up any holes.
While offensive line play has been a major issue for the Seahawks, it has been quite the opposite for the Bengals. Andy Dalton has been sacked just twice this season, and wasn’t brought down a single time against an elite Chiefs pass rush last week.
Time in the pocket has greatly benefited the red-haired signal caller as he has posted a stellar 9-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season.
This seems like a case of two teams headed in opposite directions. Cincinnati has made a case for being a true upper echelon team, while the Seahawks have looked rather ordinary.
With the Seahawks playing on a short week and having to fly out east for an early start time, the Bengals are in a great situation to improve to 5–0 this Sunday.