The 2-6-1 Cincinnati Bengals take a trip to FedEx Field where they will square off against the 2-7 Washington Football team. Below, we’ll take a look at the early odds and best sportsbooks to bet with.
Cincy heads to Washington after getting blown away by the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. However, despite having a 2-6-1 record, this team has been one of the best at covering the spread this season at 6-3 ATS, including covering against four non-divisional teams.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Football Team
Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 1:00 PM EDT at FedEx Field
A Look At Cincy
This is an outing where neither team has been favored more than once in the 2020 season. The Bengals have played a much tougher schedule though with Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Cleveland, and Indy as their last four opponents. Washington has seen the Giants twice, the Lions and Dallas in their most recent matches.
The Bengals started out as dogs but should be favored even after last week’s catastrophe. They have played tougher opponents and came out with wins. They also have a better turnover/takeaway rate, and they count on rookie QB Joe Burrow to be front and center, who is better than Alex Smith. Burrow could even have RB Joe Mixon available after he missed the last three games.
Burrow and the offense are averaging 31.4 points per game against non-divisional teams and are No. 11 in the league in yards per play (5.6) over the last three meetings..
A Look At Washington
Washington has seen the Giants twice, the Lions and Dallas in their most recent matchups. These teams are three of the worst ranked in the league right now. Washington doesn’t have a consistent or reliable quarterback with Kyle Allen out for the season, but they have managed to move the ball with Smith. He threw for almost 400 yards against the Lions pass defense last week.
They played below average against the Lions for three quarters until Alex Smith and the offense were able to put up 17 points to almost complete the comeback victory in their 27-30 loss. What we learned though, is that when Smith feeds running back Antonio Gibson the ball, good things really do happen for them. He scored twice against Detroit, including tying the game to put them in a winning position, going against most NFL betting predictions.
As for their defense, Washington has been quietly good on that side of the ball. They currently stand at fifth in the NFL in total defense, and Kendall Fuller is ranked second in the league when it comes to interceptions with four for the year.
At just 2-7, Alex Smith and Washington are just tailing Philadelphia by one game to jump in the win column in the NFC East. However, two ugly losses keeps them on track for another.
I think the Bengals have a better chance since Washington is still trying to find their footing. It won’t be a blowout and Washington will stay in the game, but Cincy comes out on top.