The Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) visit the New Orleans Saints (2-3) in a non-conference showdown at the Caesars Superdome on Sunday. A tally of two wins from five games leaves the New Orleans Saints with a divisional ranking of second in the NFC South, while the Cincinnati Bengals are third in the AFC North after collecting two victories out of a possible five. It has the look of a very tight game, with seemingly little to separate the teams. The home side might just have the psychological edge, though, having won 14-51 in their last game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Form New Orleans Saints
By beating the Seattle Seahawks 39-32 in Week 5, the New Orleans Saints put the brakes on a three-match losing streak. They are now 5-5 in their past 10 games overall and 3-2 in the last five at home.
The New Orleans Saints have scored 23.0 points per game this season, which is pretty average compared to the other NFL offenses. The art of defending isn’t something the New Orleans Saints excel in though. By allowing 25.6 points per game, their defense has been one of the worst in the league this year.
Form Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals took it right down to the wire, but couldn’t quite finish the job in their 19-17 defeat against the Baltimore Ravens. It ended a two-match winning run for the visitors, who are now 4-6 in their last 10 games.
The Cincinnati Bengals will bring a middle-of-the-park offense for their latest game on the road, having scored 21.6 points per game this season. With 17.8 points allowed per game, the away defense is up in the top half of the league’s defensive rankings, which may give them some pull for their latest trip.
After losing the previous round 10-27 in November 2014, the New Orleans Saints avenged their defeat against the Cincinnati Bengals last time out by beating them 14-51 at the Paul Brown Stadium. The visitors have claimed four wins from their past five games in this series, while their overall record at 4-1.
The New Orleans Saints managed an average of 24 points a game in their seven most recent outings against the Cincinnati Bengals, who averaged 18.29 points in contrast.
Both teams are 2-3 and outside playoff contention, as things stand in their respective divisions. The New Orleans Saints are third in the NFC South and are 1-2 at home, while the Cincinnati Bengals are second best in the AFC North and 1-2 on the road.
Take the Cincinnati Bengals (-116) to win outright on the moneyline for the upcoming match at the Caesars Superdome. They look like the better pick of the two sides. The New Orleans Saints have gone 2-6 SU in their last eight home games, and while the Cincinnati Bengals have been a bit hot and cold lately, they look like their worth a tilt for this match.
The Cincinnati Bengals open as the -1.0 point road favorites over the New Orleans Saints. Given how closely the oddsmakers have placed the spread, we could be in for a real even-stevens encounter here. A winning margin as high as 13.6 points has settled the last five matches between the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals.
The smart money is on the Cincinnati Bengals, who have covered the spread in their last two games. They may be on the road, but they still look too good to pass up here. In their past 10 matches, the Cincinnati Bengals have gone 6-4 ATS in this market. They are also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 on the road. I’m taking the Cincinnati Bengals (-110) against the spread here.
There was an average of 42.29 points scored in the previous seven clashes between the New Orleans Saints and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The total has only gone over in four of the last 10 home games for the New Orleans Saints. They are 4-5 in the last 10 home and away games combined.
The total score went under in the last three games Cincinnati Bengals played on the road. Looking back over the last 10 road matches for the Cincinnati Bengals, only two games went over the total to leave them with a record of 2-8. Take the Under 44.0 (-110) for this match.