Sunday, September 27, 2020, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 p.m. ET
Bengals at Eagles Betting Preview: Bengals (+6/+114), Eagles (-6/-107)
Rookie Joe Burrow attempted 61 passes for the Bengals (0-2) in their 35-30 setback to the Buckeye State-rival Cleveland Browns. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner completed 37 of those attempts for 316 yards and three touchdowns, however he hasn’t been granted the best protection by his struggling offensive line.
Seven-time Pro Bowl selection A.J. Green is still trying to find his form. He missed all of last season with an ankle injury and has been slow to build a rapport with Burrow on the field despite receiving 13 targets in Week 2. Fellow wideouts Tyler Boyd and Mike Thomas didn’t have that issue, reeling in 11 of their combined 12 targets from Burrow in the loss to the Browns.
Drew Sample recorded a career-best seven-receptions for 45 yards last week in place of fellow tight end C.J. Uzomah, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles.
Behind that aforementioned lagging line, running back Joe Mixon (3.3 yards per carry) has been slow out of the blocks since signing a four-year contract extension, however he got get back on track against an Eagles’ rush defense that has been gashed for 135.5 yards per game.
Philadelphia embraced the role of underdog since the days of boxer Rocky Balboa, but Carson Wentz finds himself serving as the modern-day punching bag given the team’s sluggish 0-2 start to the season. Wentz, who was picked off all of seven times in 2019, recorded his second two-interception performance in the Eagles’ 37-19 setback to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
The offensive line has been decimated by injuries, with left guard Isaac Seumalo (leg) the latest to head to injured reserve.
Philadelphia is without standout right guard Brandon Brooks (Achilles) and left tackle Andrew Dillard (pectoral) while Pro Bowl selection Lane Johnson is working out the kinks at right tackle after having ankle surgery in the offseason.
Miles Sanders rolled up 131 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 36 receiving) and a rushing score in his season debut versus the Rams.
Two-tight-end sets involving Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert remain the focal point of the offense, and the base formation should slow Cincinnati’s edge rushers.
DeSean Jackson (team-leading six receptions for 64 yards) showed he still has enough left in the tank last week.
Bengals at Eagles Betting Pick for Week 3
The Eagles entered the season having qualified for the playoffs in each of their three previous years. If the defending NFC East champions wish for an opportunity to continue that trend, they can ill afford dropping to 0-3 at the expense of the Bengals.
While Burrow and the Bengals show promise, the team’s defense does not. The Eagles will do just enough to win to temporarily quiet their rabid fans.
Bengals at Eagles Betting Pick:
Eagles 27, Bengals 24
Bengals at Eagles Best Bet for Week 3
Sanders should find room to roam against a Bengals’ rush defense that allowed a staggering 215 yards on the ground last week and a robust 6.1 yards per carry.
Wentz will lean on quick strikes to his tight ends as well as a short passing game to Sanders to do just enough to subdue Cincinnati.
Bengals at Eagles Best Bet: OVER 46 (-110)