The Eagles opened up as 1 point favorites, but the Bengals are now favored by 2 points as of Sunday morning.
The Bengals have had a disappointing season at 3-7-1 and will be without wide receiver AJ Green for Sunday’s game. The Eagles, meanwhile, have had their success this season when the defense gets to the quarterback. In the first six games, four of them wins, the Eagles had 20 sacks. In the last five games, four of them losses, they have just six sacks. The Bengals are 4th in the NFL in sacks allowed and will be missing their top weapon in Green. That’s a recipe for a bounce back performance by the Eagles defense. I still don’t expect much offensively, but they score enough points to get the win. Eagles 16 Bengals 15
This line is very worrisome for me. Yes, AJ Green and Gio Bernard are out but that won’t matter, someone like Eifert or Tyler Boyd will just beat us instead. Purely gut and line reaction for me, but I don’t have a good feeling about this game. My main hope, outside of an Eagles win is that Vontaze Burfict doesn’t hurt Carson. Bengals 20 Eagles 13
I have no effing idea what’s going to happen in this game. Should the Eagles be able to go into Cincy and beat a 3-7-1 Bengals team that’s playing without its best player (AJ Green) and another of its best offensive weapons (Gio Bernard)? Sure. They should be able to do that. At this moment, they are a more talented team than the Bengals. In fact, because of the aforementioned injuries, the Bengals are one of the few teams with skill players as shitty as the Eagles’. Well, close at least – Tyler Eifert is pretty awesome and definitely better than any Eagle. Either way, the Eagles should be able to win this game – especially with playoff hopes theoretically still alive. But the Eagles have sucked on the road, and they’ve certainly failed to live up to the moment so far, outside of the Week 3 anomaly. Plus, the line moved from the Eagles being a one point favorite to being a point and half dog. That scares me. I hate to do it, but I have no faith in this team right now, especially on the road. Bengals 17 Eagles 14
The Eagles‘ defense has been far less intimidating on the road than at home, so this might be a rebound game for a struggling Andy Dalton. Cincy needs the Red Rifle to take this one over, with no A.J. Green and a running game that’s been more of a power-walking game of late. Picking Philadelphia to win here would take some guts, though, as Doug Pederson’s group is 1-5 on the road and has lost six of the last eight. #PHIvsCIN Bengals 30 Eagles 24 (OT)
The Eagles have lost six of eight games and have pretty much fallen out of the playoff race. The same holds true for the Bengals, who are a big disappointment. But I think the Bengals show some life here for Marvin Lewis and win it. Bengals 23 Eagles 17
Three weeks ago, this was a beauty. Now, it’s two teams likely swinging to stay alive in their respective conference playoff pictures. You can point to Hue Jackson leaving or Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu signing elsewhere, but I look at that offensive line for the Bengals and believe it’s not what it was a year ago. This one should be close, but I think Fletcher Cox plays the role of disruptor one too many times, and the Bengals fall again in what’s become a confounding season for a preseason Super Bowl contender. Eagles 23, Bengals 19
Philadelphia’s season hinges on the answer to a simple question: Can Carson Wentz throw on Cincinnati’s secondary?
I don’t expect the Eagles to run the ball with any success. But if the answer to my question is yes—if Dorial Green-Beckham can body out his cover in the red zone, and others play well opposite DGB on the outside—the Wentz wagon should roll back to .500.
That’s a major ask, though. Wentz’s receivers haven’t consistently separated in months. They’ll have a tough time playing their best against a secondary manned by “surprise of the year” candidate Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones. Bengals 22, Eagles 20
The Eagles have had a difficult time generating offense lately — they’ve scored just 28 points over the past two weeks combined — and one of their top offensive options, receiver Jordan Matthews, could be limited with an ankle injury. The Bengals are in a similar funk and are likely to be without star wide receiver A.J. Green. A low-scoring game seems likely. A key special-teams play coupled with a bounce-back game by the Eagles’ defensive line will prove to be the difference. Eagles 17, Bengals 13
I wish I knew how effective the Eagles’ Jordan Matthews (ankle) will be in Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. The Eagles’ offense was really terrible without him in the second half Monday night. Somehow I find myself wanting to pick the Eagles, even though they’ve lost five in a row on the road. I don’t know why. If I’m wrong again this time, I promise not to pick them the rest of the year.
I guess I still think the Eagles’ defense is pretty good, and the Bengals are missing two top weapons, wide receiver A.J. Green and running back Gio Bernard. They’re 27th in scoring (19.4 points per game), well below even the Eagles (15th , at 23.1).
And, if the Birds can’t win this week, I don’t know when it’s going to happen. They have to grab a toehold. Losing out would create a scary scenario for Howie Roseman this offseason, trying to add pieces to help Carson Wentz. Cap room won’t be that plentiful, and if you really crash and burn, other than Wentz, what do you have to build around? How many years away are you?
Confidence is a big deal with younger players. Even if you aren’t going to the playoffs, win on Sunday and show that you can be competitive in the final quarter of the season. Eagles 17 Bengals 15
It says something about the Bengals when the Eagles roll into Cincinnati with the worst group of skill position players in the NFL and the Eagles are still favored to win the game. The Bengals are 27th in the NFL in points scored, at 19.2 points per game, and now they’re without their best player, A.J. Green, as well as their elusive running back, Giovani Bernard.
I really don’t want to pick the Eagles this week, especially on the road, where they’ve been bad all season long. However, this Bengals team may been in more of a tailspin than the Eagles. After starting 2-2, the Bengals have gone 1-5-1 in their last seven games, with their lone win coming over the Browns. I’ll begrudgingly take the Birds, 23-21.
The Bengals haven’t done much on offense lately, and there probably isn’t a miracle coming without A.J. Green on the field. However, their defense has played well the past few games, and the Bengals might just be able to eek out enough of an offense at home on Sunday to get by the struggling Eagles. Bengals 17, Eagles 14