The NFL week eight schedule features a game that may not stand out, but could be worth watching. The Cincinnati Bengals are surprising every one this year and are off to a quick start.
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In fact after Baltimore lost to Jacksonville on Monday Night Football, the Bengals are in a tie for second place.
The Bengals travel west to take on the Seattle Seahawks in a game that could show if they are for real or not. Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton is off to a great start and playing like a veteran. Fellow rookie A.J. Green is a deep threat, but this week the Bengals will be without a weapon as running back Cedric Benson will be sitting out due to a one-game suspension.
The latest NFL odds for week 8 show that the Bengals opened up at -2 in this game. Early public money came in on the Bengals and the line was bet up to 3 in most offshore sportsbooks. This is very interesting, considering the success the Seahawks have had at home.
For Seattle, it is obvious that they need Tavaris Jackson back as quarterback. In the last game against Cleveland, the Seahawks had a tough time scoring, but with Jackson back in the lineup they will be much more effective. With Jackson in the lineup, this is a completely different offense.
The Bengals are 7-17-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 25 games in October, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a road favorite, and 7-21 ATS in their last 28 games as a favorite. The Seahawks are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 home games against a team with a winning road record, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a home underdog.
The Seattle Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, and play very tough on the defensive side of the ball. The Bengals have a very good team, but Dalton and company will be overwhelmed on the road and get upset against the Seahawks.