New England Patriots vs Cincinnati Bengals Picks, Odds, Week 15 Predictions 12/15/2019
Game: New England Patriots vs Cincinnati Bengals
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati +10.5
Paul Brown Stadium is the venue where Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals will play the New England Patriots on Sunday. New England opens this game as 10.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 40. The Patriots are 10-3-0 ATS and 4-9-0 when betting on the total. The Bengals are 4-9-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-12-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the New England Patriots faced the Kansas City Chiefs and took the defeat by a score of 23-16. Running the show from under center for the Patriots was Tom Brady who went 19/36 with 169 yards through the air and tossed 1 touchdown. He walked away with 1 interception during the game. James White paced the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 19 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 33 yards on 6 carries which had him averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Julian Edelman led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 95 yards on 8 catches. He notched an average of 11.9 yards per catch for the game. The New England Patriots ran the ball a total of 22 times and added 94 yards giving them an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, they ran 62 plays for a total of 278 yards. For the contest, the Patriots had a total of 17 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 25 yards. In terms of defense, New England conceded 26 catches on 40 attempts totaling 271 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.0%. In the running game, the Patriots conceded 75 yards on 29 carries which gave them an average of 2.6 yards per attempt allowed. For the game, they conceded 346 yards and forced 2 takeaways. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free pick against the spread from Parlays Pundit on the Buccaneers vs Lions game.
Patriots Worsen Their Record to 10-3 After Loss
The Patriots step onto the field holding a record of 10-3 this season. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league with an average of 26 points per contest, putting them 8th in the league. As a unit, they have an average of 96 rushing yards per contest which is 11th in the AFC. For total yards, they sit in 6th in the conference and 15th in the league with 4,607 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Patriots currently have a total of 20 passing TDs and 14 rushing touchdowns. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring among AFC East teams and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup.
The Patriots have one of the top tier defenses in the league, allowing 12.9 points per game putting them 1st in the AFC. When it comes to passing yards, the Patriots have allowed 2,233 yards. Teams are completing 56.1% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 4.7 yards per attempt. They have conceded 9 passing TDs and 6 rushing touchdowns. In discussing yards rushing, New England is allowing 93.0 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the division and 4th in the league. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.2 yards per carry putting them 6th among AFC teams and 12th in the NFL overall. In total, they have conceded 1,209 rushing yards through 13 contests.
The last time they took the field, the Cincinnati Bengals went up against the Cleveland Browns and were defeated 27-19. Joe Mixon led the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 26 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the contest. He ran for 146 yards by way of 23 carries which means he ran for an average of 6.3 yards per run. Tyler Boyd led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 75 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 15.0 yards per reception for the game. Running the show from under center for the Bengals was Andy Dalton who went 22/38 with 262 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He threw 1 interception during the game. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the ball 31 times and earned 179 yards which earned them an average of 5.8 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, the Bengals had a total of 27 first downs and they had a total of 8 penalties for 99 yards. On the day, they ran 72 plays which added up to 451 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Cincinnati allowed 11 completions on 24 throws totaling 187 yards, and a completion percentage of 46.0%. On the ground, the Bengals allowed 146 yards on 27 tries which gave them an average of 5.4 yards per carry allowed. For the game, they conceded a total of 333 yards and forced 2 takeaways. Guy Bruhn has a free NFL pick ATS for the contest between the Bears and Packers.
Bengals Sit at 1-12 After Loss
The Bengals come into this matchup with a record of 1-12. Cincinnati is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 86 rushing yards per contest, putting them 28th in the NFL. As a unit, they have a total of 1,115 rushing yards through 13 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Bengals average 313 yards per contest overall ranking them 25th among NFL teams and 12th in the AFC. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Bengals currently sit at 4th in the AFC North and 31st out of all the teams in the league with an average of 15.2 points per game.
The Bengals are allowing 25.0 points per game ranking them 4th in the division and 23rd in the NFL. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road groups in the NFL. They are giving up 243 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bengals currently sit at 11th in the AFC. They have conceded 16 passing touchdowns this year. In discussing points allowed, they have allowed 325 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they are allowing 157 yards per game which puts them at 32nd in the NFL and 4th in the AFC North. For this year, they have given up 2,037 yards rushing and 15 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Patriots/Bengals NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Patriots -10.5
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