The Cincinnati Bengals are set to face off against the Seattle Seahawks this coming Sunday at the renowned Paul Brown Stadium. While Seattle enjoyed an early bye week, landing them at a 3-1 season record, they’re riding high on their October 2 victory over the Giants. Cincinnati, in contrast, recently squared up against the Cardinals, sealing the match with a victory of two scores, positioning their season record at a disappointing 2-3.
The season’s start for the Seahawks was a bit rocky, marked by a stark 30-13 defeat to the Rams. However, they quickly rebounded, clinching three consecutive wins. Their impressive streak began with a hard-fought 37-31 overtime triumph over the Lions, succeeded by a 37-27 win against the Panthers. In their latest showdown against the Giants on an October Monday, they sealed the game with a decisive 24-3 score.
During this match, Geno Smith from Seattle showcased his skills with 110 yards and a touchdown on a 13-of-20 pass completion, while Kenneth Walker stormed the field with a 79-yard run, resulting in a touchdown from 17 carries. Noah Fant led the receiving side, with two receptions racking up 63 yards.
Historically, Seahawks have emerged victorious in five of their past six Sunday matches as the underdogs. Moreover, they have consistently covered the spread in eight of their last nine underdog encounters against AFC teams. Statistically speaking, the Seahawks lead the NFL in kickoff return yards per game and also average yards per punt.
Shifting the lens to the Bengals, their season’s commencement was less than ideal, recording just a single win in their first four games. Their journey started with a 24-3 humbling at the hands of the Browns, followed closely by a 27-24 setback against the Ravens. They managed to clinch a tight 19-16 victory over the Rams in Week 3, only to falter with a 27-3 loss to the Titans as October dawned.
In their clash against the Cardinals, however, the Bengals surged back, posting scores in all quarters, culminating in a 34-20 win. Quarterback Joe Burrow, threw an impressive 317 yards, coupled with three touchdowns, though tainted by an interception. Joe Mixon shone in the rush with 81 yards from 25 carries, while Ja’Marr Chase left spectators in awe with a staggering 192 yards, three touchdowns, and 15 receptions.
When looking at past records at Paycor Stadium, the Bengals have consistently triumphed following a win. They also lead the NFL in punt return yards per game, though they are positioned at a lowly 31st spot in terms of yards per game.
Peering ahead to the upcoming clash, my inclination leans towards the Seahawks. The additional week of rest and planning should put them in good stead. Their defensive prowess was evident in their recent face-off against the Giants, keeping them on a tight leash. Although there’s some room for offensive improvement, the potential is there.
The Bengals, on the other hand, did well against the Cardinals, but Arizona is a weak team. Their efficiency in conversion rates leaves room for improvement, and if the Seahawks come prepared, Cincinnati might find it challenging to dominate the scoreboard. Take Seattle to cover the +3 spread in BUSR NFL Odds.