Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints October 16 Betting Preview

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints October 16 Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase signals a first down during game vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m at the Superdome. The Bengals are coming off a Sunday night loss at the Baltimore Ravens on a last-second field goal by Justin Tucker.

 The Bengals were held scoreless in the first and third quarter, which hindered them greatly in the 19-17 loss on the road.

The Saints were able to muster a 39-32 win at home against the Seattle Seahawks. Taysom Hill had four total touchdowns, which included one through the air and three on the ground. Andy Dalton added one additional passing touchdown with 16 completions on 24 pass attempts.

Let’s look ahead at this matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon.

Odds

The Cincinnati Bengals are the slight favorites in this matchup by two points. At -2, they have odds of (-109) to cover. 

The Saints have odds of (-112) at +2. The over-under for total points in the game is set at 43 with odds of (-110) to bet the over or under. For the moneyline, the Bengals have odds of (-129), and the Saints have odds of (+104) to win.

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Divisional Standings Outlook

The Bengals dropped to third in the AFC North, standing behind both the Ravens and the Browns. The Ravens lead the division at 3-2, and both the Browns and the Bengals have records of 2-3. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers sit at the bottom of the division at 1-4, with their only win coming against the Bengals.

The Saints are in second in the NFC South at 2-3. They are one game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a record of 3-2. The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers round out the NFC South with records of 2-3 and 1-4, respectively. 

Upcoming Matchup

I don’t expect this game to be extremely high scoring, with Cincinnati having the 16th-best offense against the Saints’ 12th-best offense in the NFL. 

Unlike last year, the Bengals have not been able to connect on the big play, as they rank second to last in the NFL in yards per play. New Orleans has been able to produce on offense and rank second in the NFL in touchdown redzone scoring percentage.

On the defensive side, the Bengals have the upper hand. They rank in the top ten in opponent points per game, opponent third down percentage, and opponent touchdowns per game. 

Their opponent's fourth down percentage ranks first in the NFL at 16.67 percent. The Saints allow a lot of points per game (25.6) but have been able to stop opponents on later downs and in the redzone.

Expected Outcome

I really like the Bengals in this matchup because it is just a matter of time until Joe Burrow finds his groove with Ja’Marr Chase. 

Their success could rely heavily on the health of Tee Higgins, who went out early with an ankle injury in last Sunday’s game.

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