The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals will get ready for an emotional Sunday Night Football game this weekend.
The Bills and Bengals have become arch-rivals since Joe Burrow came to Cincinnati. The Bengals and Bills continue to have intriguing NFL matchups.
But there’s more to the story. Last year, Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field on Monday Night Football against the Bengals. He took a big hit to the chest, which caused his heart to stop after making a tackle.
Doctors and trainers stepped up and saved his life, while the Bengals and Bills elected not to resume their game. Eventually, these two teams met in the playoffs, where the Bengals earned a 27-10 victory over the Bills.
These two NFL teams typically give excellent performances when playing against one another. The oddsmakers suggest it won’t be any different this weekend.
The Bengals are -2 (-115) against the Bills on their home field. Meanwhile, the total is currently at 49.5. You can get the Bengals around the -130 price tag, while the Bills can be bought at about +110.
Here are some Bills vs Bengals betting tips for Sunday Night Football.
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Bills vs Bengals Betting Tips
The Buffalo Bills might be 5-3 on the season. However, they haven’t covered against the spread since a 48-20 win over the Dolphins on October 1. Buffalo hasn’t covered in any of their last four games. However, they’ve been favorites by at least 5.5 points in each.
They’re now underdogs against the Bengals.
On the other hand, Buffalo has hit the Under in five of eight games this season, including last week’s matchup against the Buccaneers, which fell below 42.5 points.
Meanwhile, the Bengals have won against the spread in three straight games. The Bengals were underdogs against the 49ers last week and earned a 31-17 win outright. Those three covers were the first three wins against the spread for the Bengals this season.
Cincinnati has also hit the Under in four of seven games. However, the Over has hit in two of their last three.
As stated, the Bengals won the last meeting, 27-10. But in the previous five games, the Bengals have won three of the last five.
Buffalo Signed DT Linval Joseph
The Bills have needed another defensive tackle. The run game hasn’t been as good as other years, with the Bills allowing 976 yards on the ground this season in eight games. That’s way more than 100 yards a game.
Joseph is a veteran defensive tackle who has been to two Pro Bowls. He’s also started 170 games and has earned 25.5 sacks, 76 quarterback hits, 56 tackles for loss, and plenty of fumbles.
He’s taking CB Kaiir Elam’s spot, who was just placed on the injured reserve list.
Joe Burrow’s Healthy!
Joe Burrow had a calf injury in this year’s training camp. He vowed to return to the field in time for Week 1.
And while he returned in Week 1, Burrow wasn’t 100%, and it showed. He couldn’t run with the football and couldn’t show off his athleticism due to his calf injury.
Last week was the first time where Burrow looked comfortable in the pocket. He could move around and even earned a 20-yard rush down the field. He hadn’t done that all season.
At the beginning of the season, Burrow downplayed the injury. But it’s clear as day that his calf was bothering him throughout the first half of the season. With the Bengals sitting at 4-3 on the season, Cincinnati is still in a position to make the NFL playoffs.
Can We Trust The Bengals Moving Forward?
Joe Burrow signed a massive five-year, $275 million extension in the offseason. In the first few weeks, he struggled badly, and many fans thought Burrow gave up after signing an extension. But it turns out that he was genuinely uncomfortable in the pocket.
He probably shouldn’t have played. But Burrow, being the tough guy he is, wouldn’t take no for an answer.
After a bye week leading up to the game against San Francisco, Burrow looked 100% healed. So, while the offensive stats don’t look good throughout the season, the Bengals have won three straight games and look like their old selves.
However, the Bengals could use solid production out of Joe Mixon. The Bills have struggled more against the run this season.
Meanwhile, Josh Allen and the Bills have the more consistent offense. However, Allen has thrown eight interceptions and has made timely mistakes multiple times this year. He should have success against Cincinnati’s secondary, but the pass rush will sometimes force mistakes. The Bengals have a fierce pass rush but are also not great against the run.
Allen should stay toe-to-toe with Burrow in this game. Whoever wins this game will jump up in the Super Bowl odds. While neither team has a super easy NFL season schedule in the second half, they’re still contenders in the playoffs.
While we like the Bengals -2 (-110) with our NFL picks against the spread, our Bills vs Bengals betting tips would be to take the Over 49.5.