Week 2 action in the NFL has the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) hosting the San Francisco 49ers (1-0). Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at Paul Brown Stadium and will be televised locally on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this line with the 49ers as a 1.5-point road favorite. Early action on the Bengals has flipped the line to Cincinnati -2. The total for this matchup is sitting at 45.
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Betting Odds & Vegas Game Preview: 49ers vs Bengals
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers opened up the 2019 season with a 31-17 road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Easily covering as a 1-point underdog. San Francisco actually trailed 6-7 at the half, but took a 20-7 lead in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter. They never looked back.
You might assume the offense had a big day with 31 points on the board, but that wasn’t the case. Jimmy Garoppolo only had 166 yards with a 1:1 TD/INT ratio on 18 of 27 passing. The 49ers also had just 98 rushing yards on 32 attempts (3.1 yards/carry).
The difference in this one was the defense, which forced four turnovers. Three of those coming via an interception of Bucs QB Jameis Winston. Two of those were returned for touchdowns. The 49ers only had 2 picks all of last year.
The Bengals nearly pulled off a massive upset in Week 1. Cincinnati lost 20-21 as a 9-point dog at Seattle. It’s definitely one they felt like they should have won. The Bengals really dominated the game. They outgained the Seahawks 429 to 232 (+197) and had 22 first downs to Seattle’s 10.
One of the most surprising stat lines of opening week had to be Andy Dalton throwing for 418 yards and 2 scores. Dalton only had 2 games all of last year where he threw for 300+ yards. Another big shocker was the big day of wide out John Ross. He had 7 receptions for 158 yards and 2 scores after doing next to nothing his first two years in the league (21 catches, 210 yards first 16 games).
Free NFL Betting Pick & Predictions: 49ers +2
My early lean here would be take the points with the 49ers. I was really high on this San Francisco team coming into the year and really wasn’t expecting much of the Bengals, especially early on without star wideout A.J. Green. With the line here less than a field goal, I got to roll the dice with the 49res.
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I’m personally not sold on the Bengals offense. It looks nice to have a quarterback throw for 400+ yards, but part of that was Cincinnati having no choice but to throw with how their running game was struggling. Bengals only had 34 rushing yards on 14 attempts, which is 2.4 yards/carry. The other stat that jumps out to me is that Seattle sacked Dalton 5 times.
When you can run the ball and give up a bunch of sacks, that tells me there’s some problems up front on the offensive line. Also, when you can’t run it makes it really tough in the red zone. Note that both of the Bengals TD’s came on long passes and one was on a flea-flicker and the other came via a bad play by the defender.
While the offense wasn’t great in the opener, the 49ers defense played great. They made life a living hell for Tampa quarterback Jameis Winston. Not only did they intercept him twice, they sacked him 3 times made several more plays in the backfield. San Francisco has a ton of 1st round picks in their front seven, so I don’t think that performance was a fluke.
As for the 49ers offense, they did left some plays out there they should have had. I think the offense is actually helping us here. They certainly wouldn’t be a dog if the offense had played better. I still like the talent on that side of the ball and expect them to bounce back with a big game here. Give me the 49ers +2.