Cincinnati was a 4.5-point road favorite as of Thursday morning at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com.
Leading 19-10 heading into the fourth quarter of their game against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals looked well on their way to their fifth straight win both SU and ATS.
But a late-game collapse along with some clutch play by Dallas led to a 20-19 loss on a Dan Bailey field goal as time expired. With the loss, Cincinnati fell to 7-6 SU and 6-6-1 ATS on the season but is still alive in the wild-card hunt in the AFC.
Philadelphia was on the positive side of a streak coming to an end in last Sunday’s last-minute win over Tampa Bay. The Eagles had been 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS over their previous eight games, but came out on top with two late TDs in a 23-21 win as a seven-point underdog.
Now, the Eagles will try to break their home futility streak, which currently sits at 0-4 SU and ATS over their last four games. The Eagles are also a money-losing 1-6 SU in their past seven games as a home underdog.
The last time these two teams met, the score ended in a 13-13 tie back in 2008. The fact that Cincinnati is 7-0 ATS isn’t too relevant to this year’s squads, but it is one of those eerie trends that always seem to find a way to continue. More to the point, the Bengals' 4-1 SU and ATS trend in their past five road games may be more relevant.
But maybe this will be the year the Eagles can finally cover a spread on the Cincinnati Bengals. On paper, all signs point to Cincinnati here, especially if you write last week’s games off as flukes.
But while Cincinnati is battling for its playoff life, Philadelphia is at home and able to play loose and have fun. After getting a taste for victory last week and keeping it close with Dallas two weeks ago, we think the Eagles might make this one entertaining to the finish as well.
PICK: Philadelphia +4.5 (courtesy of PickShark.com)