With a 3-7-1 record and an inability to beat even remotely good teams, it should come as no surprise that the Bengals are not favored by oddsmakers to beat the Eagles in Week 13 at Paul Brown Stadium.
Per OddsShark, the Bengals opened as 1-point underdogs and most lines have now moved to make the Eagles 1.5 point favorites.
The Eagles are led by rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, the second overall draft pick, and after a hot start to the year, Philadelphia has lost six of their last eight games. Now 5-6, the Eagles' playoff hopes are starting to fade fast with all three of the other teams in their division in line for a playoff spot.
One of many things the Eagles have going for them is that they’re playing a Bengals team that can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to young and inexperienced quarterbacks. The Bengals made Trevor Siemian look like an All Pro, posting his highest QBR of the year (still) in the Broncos’ game at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 3. In the Bengals' game against the Browns in Week 7, rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan entered the game and rushed for 104 yards in addition to passing for 100 more. Suffice it to say, if you’re a rookie quarterback, you want to play the Bengals.
The Bengals are essentially out of the playoff picture, are extremely banged up and are at the point where it might be best to test their youth more than continue to trust underperforming veterans.
So, seeing the Eagles as 1.5 point favorites on the road makes sense. The line could even shift more in their favor as the week progresses.
Here are the betting lines for Week 13 as of Wednesday morning (via BetOnline.AG):
Philadelphia at Cincinnati: +1.5
Dallas at Minnesota: -3
Los Angeles at New England: -13.5
Detroit at New Orleans: -5.5
Houston at Green Bay: -6.5
Kansas City at Atlanta: -4
Miami at Baltimore: -3
Denver at Jacksonville: +4.5
San Francisco at Chicago: -1
Buffalo at Oakland: -3
Tampa Bay at San Diego: -3.5
Washington at Arizona: -2.5
New York Giants at Pittsburgh: -6
Carolina at Seattle: -6.5
Indianapolis at New York Jets: +2.5