NFL Picks: Preseason Week 2: Bengals vs Ravens
As Friday night’s lights prepare to shine over the NFL preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals are gearing up to challenge the Atlanta Falcons in what promises to be a showdown worth watching. With the opening kickoff slated for 7:30 PM EST, let’s dive into the intricacies of both teams and what we might expect from this duel.
BUSR NFL Lines
Spread: Bengals +6.5 (-110), Falcons -6.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Bengals +202, Falcons -255
Total: Bengals O 38.5 (-110), Falcons U 38.5 (-110)
Bengals’ Preseason Analysis
In their opening clash with the Packers, neither quarterback showcased their best. The lack of availability of their top receivers, such as Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, certainly didn’t help. However, with Higgins possibly on the bench, Chase and Boyd are likely to get their moment in the spotlight against the Falcons.
Defensively, the Bengals had their challenges against the Packers, but there’s hope that their first-string defense will showcase a more solidified performance against the Falcons.
With the previous season concluding at 12-4 for the Bengals and a face-off with the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, they’re on track for an impactful 2023 season. This preseason remains crucial for settling some vital position debates, especially the backup QB spot. Moreover, with newly added players like Sidney Jones IV, fans can expect a more polished performance from the first-string players, albeit for a limited time.
Falcons’ Prospects for 2023
Defensively, the Falcons have made notable strides that will help their NFL Odds all season long. The inclusion of players like Jessie Bates III, Jeff Okudah, Mike Hughes, Calais Campbell, and Bud Dupree signifies their intent to fortify their defense. Under the guidance of head coach Arthur Smith, the Falcons are optimistic about integrating more of their starters in the week 2 clash.
Predictions and Insights
The upcoming match might tilt in favor of the Falcons, given the recent performance and strategy of the Bengals. Cincinnati, with their eyes firmly set on the Super Bowl, will likely adopt a more conservative approach, ensuring their key players remain fit and ready for the challenging AFC North season. On the other hand, the Falcons, while not Super Bowl-centric yet, possess a team with tremendous potential. The experience that Ridder accumulates this season is pivotal for the team’s prospects.
Considering the vigor and enthusiasm of the youthful Falcons against the more experienced Bengals, the game is set to be a dynamic clash, reflecting the ambitions and strategies of both teams. The Falcons, with their dual quarterback strength of Ridder and Heinicke, are poised to capitalize on the Bengals’ probable second-string defense, making it a game to remember.