- The Cincinnati Bengals have been among the best teams ATS this year at 12-5.
- The Buffalo Bills however, have been disappointing at 8-9 ATS.
- Week 17 game was cancelled, but a brief look can offer some takeaways.
BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Bills open as five-point betting favorites against the Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch of the cancelled week 17 game that was stopped after Bills safety Damar Hamlin faced a life-threatening injury.
Online sportsbooks now favor the Bills by five points, slightly higher than the Bills -2.5 spread that the week 17 game closed at. The total has similarly dipped from 49.5 in week 17 to 48.0 for Sunday.
Bills vs Bengals Odds
- Money line: Bills (-225) vs Bengals (+185)
- Spread: Bills -5
- Total: 48.0
Bengals Come Out of the Gate Strong
The Bengals offense led by Joe Burrow have been strong all season, and a line from NFL sportsbooks consisting of the Bengals scoring on their first drive has odds set at an approachable +175. A look back at their first drive results throughout the season gives us 10 weeks with a first drive score, and seven without. What’s more is that the Bengals have scored on their first drive in their last three games straight.
While week 17 yielded an unprecedented cancellation and the scrubbing of all related numbers, some stats have been unofficially recorded and could offer important information for bettors.
In the 18 total play game, the score sat at 7-3, with the Bengals importantly scoring on their first drive. Factoring this in, the Bengals have scored on their first drive in four straight games, and 11 times throughout the season.
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For bettors looking to be more specific, the Bengals scored seven touchdowns to four field goals and split evenly during their most recent streak. Odds for Bengals first drive results are: Punt (EVEN), Field Goal Attempt (+400), Offensive Touchdown (+230), and Turnover (+425).
Within their seven failures to score, a turnover was the cause in just two of them, while a punt happened five times.
Other Notable Betting Trends
- The Bills are 3-2 ATS when favored by five or less points.
- Bengals are 2-0 ATS as underdogs.
- The Bills and Bengals have gone over in only 1/6 and 0/2 games when the total is 48 or more, respectively.
Cincinnati Bengals to score on their first drive (+175)
Jeremias began writing 4 years ago after beginning his career at Florida State University. He mainly focuses on using analytics and statistics to educate readers on trends and discoveries to get a leg up on sportsbooks. He mainly focuses on NFL, NHL, and NBA. During his free time, you can find him researching, writing, and betting on various sports.