The Bengals face a tough regular-season opener in what will be Game 1 of the Zac Taylor era.
After making the playoffs last season, the Seahawks are viewed as one of the top teams in the NFC and will host Cincinnati in the opener. Winning in Seattle is always one of the biggest challenges an NFL team can face. The only teams to win their last season were the 13-3 Rams and 12-4 Chargers.
Needless to say, the Bengals are going to be a big underdog in their first game under Taylor, as evidenced by the latest Week 1 odds:
Take a look at the current point spread odds and early trends at our 100+ Sports Books in NV, NJ, and WV for #ProFootball Regular Season Week 1.— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) July 3, 2019
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Cincinnati is tied with Washington (at Minnesota) as the biggest underdogs of Week 1. However, 80% of bettors are picking the Bengals to cover that 9-point spread, and 89% of the money being gambled here is going toward Cincinnati.
After all, the Bengals have shown they can be competitive with anyone when Andy Dalton, A.J Green, Tyler Eifert, Joe Mixon and Geno Atkins are all playing. As long as that group is able to suit up, they should be able to push the Seahawks and have this game decided in the fourth quarter.