NFL Week One Predictions: Patriots vs. Bengals Odds: A four-star match-up in week one of the NFL predictions regular season is between two teams with aspirations of great things in the AFC, the Bengals travel to New England looking for respect versus the Patriots. The Bengals get no love from Vegas as the NFL odds have the Patriots as -5(-110) point NFL odds favorites as the home team. The Bengals, though, have been awesome against the spread (ATS) when playing as a road underdog, going 4-2 last NFL predictions season. The Patriots, on the other hand, were 8-7 overall ATS last NFL predictions season, 5-3 at home. These two teams last did battle in a 2007 NFL predictions match-up and the Bengals have not beaten the Pats since 2001, in Foxboro.
Cincinnati comes into the NFL predictions regular season brimming with confidence and over-flowing with offensive stars. Carson Palmers runs the show at quarterback, Cedric Benson still churns out yardage as a running back, and the twins, Chad Ocho Cinco and Terrell Owens, add drama and playmaking ability at receiver. Toss-in rookies Jordan Shipley at receiver and Jermaine Gresham at TE, and the Bengals have the makings of a powerful offense this NFL predictions season.
The Patriots, for a change, were fairly average on defense during last years NFL predictions schedule, finishing in the middle of the pack in both rushing and passing defense. Last year, their defense struggled to contain top offenses such as the Saints and Colts and they may have problems in this week 1 NFL odds matchup. Vince Wilfork plugs the middle as well as anyone and linebacker Jerod Mayo, recovered from a season-ending injury in 2009, is a playmaker in the middle of the field. The secondary, suspect a year ago, has been revamped for the 2010 NFL predictions season and features a Pro Bowl safety in Brandon Meriweather and an up-and-coming corner in Darius Butler. The Bengals, though, figure to attack this unit with mid-range to deep passes as Palmer looks for his veteran receivers to get open. Palmer has shown good rapport with Gresham in the red zone during their NFL picks preseason play and that combo could play a role in this week 1 NFL predictions contest. The Pats will counter with multiple looks, including rushing linebacker Tully Banta-Cain off the edge.
The Bengals can score points, but so can the Patriots. This eek 1 NFL predictions battle could be a classic shoot-out.
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