Seahawks vs Bengals early Vegas line, forecast and series history


The Seahawks were installed as an initial 1-point underdog on the road in Cincinnati this week, but that was before last night’s near-loss to Detroit. The early money is on the Bengals and the current consensus line is Bengals by 3. Typically, Vegas figures playing at home is worth about 3 points, so in essence the bettors see these two teams as even if they were to play on a neutral field.

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After the way the Seahawks offensive line performed (again) last night, it’s possible they’re being too generous.

The conditions look to be absolutely perfect for football, with the early forecast calling for sunny skies, virtually no wind and a high of 70 degrees.

The two teams have played 19 times, with the Bengals winning 10 of them. Matchups between these two have been rare, as they’ve only met 3 times in the 2000’s, with Cincy winning two of those. The last time they played was in 2011 and the result was a 34-12 Cincinnati win in front of 66,000 fans at CenturyLink Field. The Bengals then-rookie QB Andy Dalton completed 18 of 29 passes for 168 yards and two TD’s, including one to A.J. Green, and Brandon Tate ran a punt return back 56 yards for a score. The Bengal defense limited Marshawn Lynch to only 24 yards rushing on 16 carries, and Lynch lost a fumble. Charlie Whitehurst started at QB for Seattle, but was shaken up and replaced by Tarvaris Jackson, who threw for over 300 yards but could only generate one touchdown drive.

Dalton looked like an overnight star in the making at the time, playing well even in front of the typically loud Seattle home crowd. Since then he’s had his ups and downs but the Bengals are off to a scalding start this year at 4-0 and Dalton is a big reason for it. He’s completing over 67% of his passes so far with nearly 1,200 yards already and a 9/1 TD/INT ratio. They’re beating teams by an average of 11 points, and are coming off a 36-21 home win over Kansas City. Their offense is 2nd in the NFL in total yards, while their defense is 19th overall. They rank 26th in passing yards allowed but that’s to be expected as their opponents have been playing from behind most of the time.

Kickoff is set for Sunday at 10:00am PST. FOX Network sees this as a marquee matchup and is sending their #1 announcing crew to cover the game, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth and Erin Andrews on the sideline.

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