Cincinnati Bengals vs Oakland Raiders Odds - NFL Predictions Week 1

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Week 1 Predictions: Bengals vs Raiders Odds Week 1 Predictions: Bengals vs Raiders Odds Cincinnati -3½, Total 43

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis will try once again to get to the postseason. His main goal, of course, is to win in the playoffs, something the Bengals have failed to do in each of the last four seasons. A trip back begins Sunday when Cincinnati travels to Oakland to take on the Raiders. The Bengals will once again feature one of the NFLs more physical defenses and this year they will have LB Vontaze Burfict back from an injury. The front four is solid and Burfict and middle linebacker Rey Maualaga gives Cincinnati one of the league’s best front sevens. The Bengals defense will have to slow down an improving Oakland offense. That being said, Bengals vs Raiders odds have listed the road team as -3½ point favorites with NFL predictions for week 1 on the over/under total are posted at 43.

First-year head coach Jack Del Rio will look to second-year quarterback Derek Carr, rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, and veteran Michael Crabtree to get the Oakland offense started. Carr became just the seventh rookie to throw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Latavius Murray will start at running back giving the Raiders a guy who averaged 5.4 yards per carry over his final six games last year. Oakland can only get better on offense. They ranked dead last in total yards per game with 282.2 last year. If not for lowly Jacksonville, the Raiders would have scored the fewest points in the league too. Oakland wound up with just 253 points for the year. This all bodes well for Cincinnati which went 10-6-1 a year ago. The Lewis' squad will need to start the season off with a win in Bengals vs Raiders odds especially since they play in what is arguably the toughest division in football, the AFC North. Cincinnati is one of seven teams that have won 40 or more games over the past four seasons.

While the Bengals have won in the regular season, they have failed miserably in the postseason. Cincinnati is 0-7 since beating the old Houston Oilers back in January of 1991. While the Bengals will rely heavily on their defense, they are pretty good on the other side of the ball. Jeremy Hill rushed for 1,124 yards last season as a rookie and wide receiver A.J. Green recorded another 1,000-yard season even though he missed three games with a toe injury. Andy Dalton is a solid QB who, like his team, has performed admirably in the regular season and then faltered in the playoffs. His quarterback rating is nearly 30 points lower in the in the postseason than the regular season. Dalton and the rest of the Bengals will look to get back to business in Week 1 against the Raiders in an effort to make it back to the postseason for the fifth consecutive year. The week 1 season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Bengals and Raiders can be seen live on CBS at 4:25pm EST from O.co Coliseum.

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    The former Rams QB, Bradford was the 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year after starting all 16 games. He then played in roughly half of the team’s next 64 games suffering knee injuries in consecutive seasons. The Eagles opponent, Atlanta, welcomes new head coach Dan Quinn, former defensive coordinator in Seattle. Quinn’s first task will be improving a defense that finished dead last in the league in total yards allowed per game (398.3). Quinn and the Falcons selected undersized hybrid LB/DE Vic Beasley of Clemson in the first round and acquired Adrian Clayborn in the offseason to help. Along with LB Justin Durant, the defense should improve at least enough to take some of the pressure off of the offense. If Atlanta is going to have any chance of covering the spread as home underdogs in Eagles vs Falcons odds, the defense must be able to slow down the potent Philly offense.

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