The Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings aren’t what many would expect to be a game between two teams in the playoff hunt weeks ago when they lost their star quarterbacks, but they are both very much still in it.
Jake Browning was handed the keys to a Ferrari and has been executing practically flawlessly for the last two weeks. That has had a huge impact in the eyes of the experts and oddsmakers, who are feeling very confident in this Cincinnati squad even without Joe Burrow.
The Bengals are currently a 3.5-point favorite against the Colts, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The point total is also set at 40.5 points.
The Bengals were favorites last week going into the game after thumping the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football, but they opened as underdogs against the Colts. The Vikings haven’t been trending in the right direction, and their switch to Nick Mullins at quarterback certainly plays a part in it.
- 4-3 at home
- 6-6-1 against the spread
- Covered seven out of 13 games
- The average total score of games involving the Bengals is 43.6 points
- 5-2 on the road
- 7-4-2 against the spread
- Covered three out of 13 games
- The average total score of games involving the Vikings is 39.1 points
- CBS Sports has seven of their eight experts going with the Bengals
- Eight of ESPN’s nine experts are taking Cincinnati
- NFL Pick Watch, which takes into account picks from across the web, has the Bengals receiving 84% of the picks as of Friday afternoon.
Cincinnati looks like a heavy favorite among the experts. That is a pretty easy pick for a home team that has one of the hottest quarterbacks in Browning hosting a team that is making a quarterback change.
That is all to say that Browning needs to keep this Ferrari humming for the good times to keep rolling. If he does, then there is merit to all these experts picking this squad so heavily.
Here is how our staff picked every NFL Week 15 matchup.