Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills Expert NFL Picks 9/22/2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019
New Era Field
New Era Field is the venue where Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Buffalo opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The total is set at 43.5. The Bengals are 0-2-0 ATS and 1-1-0 when betting on the total. The Bills are 0-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-0-0 against the spread.
Key Cincinnati Bengals Injuries
09/16/19 DE Carl Lawson Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
09/16/19 G Michael Jordan Knee is out Sunday vs Buffalo
09/15/19 T Cordy Glenn Concussion is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
09/15/19 HB Trayveon Williams Foot is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
09/03/19 CB Darqueze Dennard Knee PUP
09/03/19 HB Rodney Anderson Knee IR
09/03/19 T Jonah Williams Shoulder PUP
09/02/19 NT Niles Scott Foot IR
07/28/19 WR A.J. Green Ankle is out indefinitely
07/12/19 G Alex Redmond Suspension is out the first 4 games of the season
Key Buffalo Bills Injuries
09/16/19 RB Devin Singletary Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs Cincinnati
09/15/19 TE Tyler Kroft Foot is questionable Sunday vs Cincinnati
09/15/19 WR Andre Roberts Quad is questionable Sunday vs Cincinnati
09/15/19 CB Taron Johnson Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs Cincinnati
09/12/19 LB Tyrel Dodson Suspension 6-game suspension (eligible to return 11/3 vs Washington)
09/02/19 LB Vosean Joseph Shoulder IR
09/02/19 DE Mike Love Pectoral IR
09/01/19 TE Jason Croom Hand IR
08/06/19 OL LaAdrian Waddle Quad IR
In their last outing, the Cincinnati Bengals played the San Francisco 49ers and were beaten 41-17. Joe Mixon paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 9 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He racked up a total of 17 yards on 11 carries which gave him an average of 1.5 yards per carry. Tyler Boyd led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 122 yards on 10 receptions. He notched an average of 12.2 yards per catch for the game. Leading the way at QB for the Bengals was Andy Dalton who went 26/42 with 311 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick in the game.
The Bengals come into this matchup with a record of 0-2 for the 2019 season. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the league averaging 18.5 points per game, ranking them 21st in the NFL. As a team, they have an average of 29.5 yards on the ground per game which is 4th in the AFC. For total yards, they rank 6th among AFC teams and 11th in the NFL with 745 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Bengals currently have a total of 4 passing TDs and 0 rushing touchdowns. They are a team that struggles to put points on the board in the division and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output.
The Bengals have one of the worst defenses in the league, giving up 31 points per game which has them at 15th among AFC teams. When it comes to yards on the ground, Cincinnati is allowing 165.5 yards per contest ranking them 4th in the AFC East and 30th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.9 yards per rush which has them at 11th in the conference and 22nd in the NFL overall. Overall, they have allowed 59 rushing yards through 2 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Bengals have conceded 473 yards. Teams are completing 69.6% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 9.5 yards per attempt. They have allowed 5 passing TDs and 3 rushing touchdowns.
In their last outing, the Buffalo Bills took on the New York Giants and ended up getting the victory by a score of 28-14. Running the show from under center for the Bills was Josh Allen who went 19/30 with 253 yards passing and threw 1 TD. He ended the game with no interceptions. Frank Gore led the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 9 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for a total of 68 yards on 19 carries which meant he averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Cole Beasley was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 83 yards on 4 catches. He notched an average of 20.8 yards per catch for that contest.
The Bills step onto the field holding a record of 2-0. Buffalo has made teams respect their running game by averaging 139.5 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 9th among NFL teams. As a team, they have a total of 279 rushing yards through 2 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Bills average 379 yards per game overall putting them 9th in the league and 5th in the AFC. When looking at their ability to score points, the Bills are currently ranked 2nd in the division and 11th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 22.5 points per contest.
The Bills are conceding 15 points per contest which puts them at 2nd among AFC East teams and 5th in the league. In discussing points given up, they have allowed 30 total points. In regard to yards on the ground, they are conceding 98.5 yards per contest ranking them 10th among NFL teams and 2nd in the division. For this season, they have given up 197 yards on the ground and 1 rushing TD. Their pass defense is one of the most dominate units in the league. They are conceding 198 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Bills sit in 4th among AFC teams. They have conceded 2 passing TDs for this year.
Who will win tonight's Bengals/Bills NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bills -3.5
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