A pair of NFL teams in need of a win will meet in Week 3 when the Cincinnati Bengals face the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff will be at 4:25 EST on Sunday, September 24 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The game can be seen in most markets on CBS.
The Packers enter the game as 8.5-point favorites at home, up slightly after Green Bay originally opened as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under between the Bengals and Packers is 44.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 3 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Bengals vs Packers Vegas Preview & Game Predictions
The first two weeks of the season have been a disaster for the Bengals, who are yet to score a touchdown. Cincinnati was shut out in Week 1 against a Baltimore defense that has looked outstanding early in the season. After the Bengals followed up that performance with a 13-9 loss to the Texans, there is panic in Cincinnati.
Andy Dalton has taken most of the blame for the team’s poor start, as he has already thrown four interceptions this year. The Bengals have also turned six red zone trips into just nine points, which is beyond dreadful and also falls on Dalton’s shoulders. However, the Cincinnati offensive line also deserves a great deal of the blame, allowing Dalton to be sacked eight times and failing to open many holes for a trio of talented running backs.
Meanwhile, the Packers got off to a great start with an impressive victory over the Seahawks in Week 1, only to lay an egg against the Falcons in Week 2. Green Bay’s defense didn’t seem to have an answer for the Atlanta offense, and a pair of turnovers by the Green Bay offense didn’t help matters.
The silver lining is that the Packers did make a valiant effort to come back in the 4th quarter despite very little going right for them all game. For Green Bay, last week’s loss is likely a blip on the radar, whereas the Bengals appear to have widespread issues that need to be addressed.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Bengals +8.5
Despite Cincinnati’s deplorable play the first two weeks of the season and the Bengals being on the road, this spread still seems too large for me. After all, it’s not as if the Packers played a great game last week either. I will lean toward the Bengals staying competitive enough to beat the spread.
The biggest issue I have with this spread is Green Bay’s injury situation on offense. Multiple members of the offensive line are banged up, as are Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Those injuries clearly played a role in last week’s struggles against the Falcons and it remains to be seen how healthy and effective any of those injured players will be against the Bengals.
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One thing that’s been lost in the shuffle of Cincinnati’s disastrous start to the season is that the Bengals have actually played solid defense the first two weeks. Considering how little support the offense has provided, the Bengals giving up just 33 points over two games is rather impressive. Geno Atkins already has three sacks on the season, and I would expect he and the team’s other pass-rushing threats will be able to create some problems against a banged up Green Bay offensive line.
Obviously, the Bengals actually being able to locate the end zone will be important to the Bengals being able to beat the spread. But if Cincinnati can keep feeding A.J. Green the ball as much as possible, he’s bound to make something positive happen. I also don’t see the Packers having an easy time moving the ball either. This could end up being a low-scoring game that helps Cincinnati stay close and beat the spread.