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What you need to know for the Bengals’ season opener.
Week 1 of the NFL season is every team’s chance to get off on the right foot. We have had plenty of time to rank where we think each team will fall on paper, but now it is time for teams to actually get out there and determine if the experts were right or wrong.
The Bengals are currently three-point underdogs at home to the Vikings, according to Bovada. It is never fun to see your team as a home underdog, but it isn’t really surprising. The outside perception of this team is very low, and with where Burrow’s game is actually at still remaining to be seen, it makes sense for oddsmakers to be a little cautious so people betting don’t hammer the Vikings.
The over/under is set at 47 points, which seems a bit conservative given these two teams have pretty high-powered offenses. The concern probably lies with Cincinnati being able to pull their weight to get over that total, but it really shouldn’t be an issue.
The total has gone under in five of Cincinnati’s last seven games.
Cincinnati is 3-9 straight up in their last 12 games.
The total has gone under in four of Cincinnati’s last five games against Minnesota.
Cincinnati is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at home.
Cincinnati is 6-1 straight up in their last seven games when playing at home against Minnesota.
The total has gone under in five of Cincinnati’s last five games against an opponent in the NFC.
Cincinnati is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against an opponent in the NFC North.
Cincinnati is 0-6-1 straight up in their last seven games played in September.
The total has gone under in five of Cincinnati’s last six games played on a Sunday.
Minnesota is 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games.
The total has gone over in eight of Minnesota’s last 11 games.
Minnesota is 1-6 straight up in their last seven games when playing on the road against Cincinnati.
The total has gone over in seven of Minnesota’s last nine games against an opponent in the AFC.
The total has gone over in six of Minnesota’s last eight games against an opponent in the AFC North.
Minnesota is 1-5 straight up in their last six games played in September.
Minnesota is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games played in week 1.
Three of ESPN’s 11 experts are taking a chance on the Bengals.
NFL Pick Watch, which takes into account picks from across the web, only has Cincinnati receiving 19 percent of the picks.
It is clear that in most cases the experts are following the trend set by the oddsmakers. Just like last season, the Bengals have to prove they are better than the national perception they have gained. If Burrow is as healthy as he says he is, then it may not be that long before he corrects the narrative.
Game Time: 1:00 pm ET on Sep. 12th
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (OH)
TV Channel: FOX
Broadcasters: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Jennifer Hale (reporter)
Replay: NFL Game Pass
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) are calling the action.
Minnesota Satellite Radio: Sirius 133, XM 383, SXM App 820
Cincinnati Satellite Radio: Sirius 137, XM 228, SXM App 806
SB Nation Vikings website: Daily Norseman
Weather: Mid-80’s and mostly cloudy, per NFL weather
Odds: Vikings -3.5, per Odds Shark