Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/26/2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018
New Era Field
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The Buffalo Bills host the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The opening line for this game has Buffalo as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 42.5. The Bills had an over/under record of 8-9-0 and they were 10-6-1 against the spread last year. The Bengals had an ATS record of 9-7-0 while their over/under record was 7-9-0.
Valuable Cincinnati Bengals Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Bengals were 7-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Cincinnati Bengals were 9-7-0 against the spread last year
Important Buffalo Bills Betting Trends
The Buffalo Bills were 8-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Buffalo Bills were 10-6-1 against the spread last year
Key Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
07/28/18 OL Rod Taylor ACL IR
Key Buffalo Bills Injuries
08/20/18 DT Kyle Williams Knee is questionable Sunday vs Baltimore
08/18/18 P Cory Carter ACL is out for season
08/17/18 QB AJ McCarron Shoulder is out indefinitely
07/12/18 RB LeSean McCoy Possible Suspension is questionable Sunday vs Baltimore
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cincinnati Bengals ran for 1,366 yards as a team last year, which ranked 31st in the NFL. They ran 377 times, averaging 3.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bengals were penalized on offense 110 times for 1,027 yards last season, which had them 12th in the league in penalties. They were 26th in the NFL in points scored with 290. They ran 927 plays last season for 4,488 yards, which ranked them 32nd in the league in total offense. The Bengals averaged 4.8 yards per play, which was 28th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 267 1st downs last year, placing them 30th overall as an offensive unit. Andy Dalton averaged 6.7 yards per pass attempt and 11.2 yards per completion last season. He completed 297 passes on 496 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.9%. His quarterback rating last season was 86.6. He threw for 3,320 yards.
The Bengals rush defense allowed 489 attempts for 2,046 yards last year, putting them in 30th place in the league against the run. Cincinnati committed 106 penalties for 906 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 15th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 37% of possessions on defense, which was 24th in the league. They were 16th in the league in points allowed on defense with 349. They surrendered a total of 5,425 yards on D, which was 18th in the NFL. The Bengals were ranked 7th in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense gave up 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 4th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 336 passes on 561 attempts against the Cincinnati Bengals defense last season, placing them 15th and 23rd in the National Football League. The Cincinnati pass defense also gave up a total of 3,379 yards through the air, which was 8th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Cincinnati Bengals attempted 20 field goals last season and made 18, which was 27th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 90.0%. Cincinnati Bengals kickers made 94% of their extra points, going 32 for 34 last year. Their punters totaled 4,102 yards on 89 punts, averaging 46.1 yards per punt. That placed them 11th in the NFL in punting average. Cincinnati was ranked 1st in the league in punt returns last season with 47. They accumulated 409 punt return yards and averaged 8.7 yards per return, which was 14th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 40 yards. They returned 34 kicks for 670 yards on special teams, ranking 16th in kick return yardage. The Bengals averaged 19.7 yards per kick return and had a long of 41 yards last year. They were 31st in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,831.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Buffalo Bills were 22nd in the National Football League in points scored with 302 last year. They ran 1,010 plays for 4,842 yards, which ranked them 29th in the NFL in total offense. The Bills averaged 4.8 yards per play, which was 27th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 278 1st downs last season, ranking them 26th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Buffalo ran for 2,017 yards as a unit, which ranked 6th in the league. They ran 487 times, averaging 4.1 yards per rush as a unit. The Bills were penalized on offense 98 times for 872 yards last year, which had them 23rd in the NFL in penalties. Nathan Peterman passed for 252 yards last year. He completed 24 throws while attempting 49 passes for a completion percentage of 49%. His quarterback rating last season was 38.4. He averaged 10.5 yards per completion and 5.1 yards per pass attempt.
Buffalo was 18th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense last year with 359. They gave up a total of 5,682 yards on D, which was 26th in the league. The Bills were 15th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Their pass defense allowed 6.1 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 17th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 370 throws on 573 attempts against the Buffalo defense last season, ranking them 30th and 29th in the league. The Buffalo Bills pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,688 yards in the air, which was 20th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 466 attempts for 1,994 yards last season, putting them in 29th place in the NFL against the run. The Bills had 97 penalties for 873 yards on defense last year. That placed them 10th in the league. They allowed a score on 37.2% of possessions on defense, which was 25th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Buffalo was 31st in the NFL in punt returns with 24 last year. They totaled 213 punt return yards and averaged 8.9 yards per return, which was 10th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 40 yards. They returned 32 kicks for 640 yards on special teams, placing them 17th in kick return yardage. The Bills averaged 20 yards per kick return and had a long of 29 yards last season. They were 30th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,956. The Buffalo Bills tried 33 field goals last season and made 29, which was 14th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 87.9%. Buffalo kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 29 for 29 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,528 yards on 79 punts, averaging 44.7 yards per punt. That ranked them 17th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Bengals/Bills NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bengals +2.5
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