Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals
Date and Time: Sunday, 9/14/14 at 1:00pm on CBS
Game Line: Cincinnati Bengals -5.5 (from WagerWeb)
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals Sunday NFL Football Analysis: Matt Ryan and the Falcon offense had a field day against the Saints in week 1, but a repeat performance outdoors on the rood will be much more difficult. The Bengals put a nine game regular season home winning streak on the line Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons who will be trying to do something they didn’t do in 2013, win two games in a row. Ryan, the NFC offensive player of the week, threw for a franchise record 448 yards and three touchdowns on 31 of 43 passing in last Sunday’s 37-34 overtime home win over New Orleans. The Falcons racked up a franchise record 568 yards, leading coach Mike Smith to refer to it as possibly Ryan’s top game as a pro. Four players caught at least five passes with Julio Jones’ seven for 116 yards leading the way in his first game back after missing 11 games in 2013 with a foot injury. Devin Hester added five receptions for 99 yards, two shy of his career high. He didn’t catch a pass in his final season with Chicago but could be looked to on slot targets to help fill the middle of the field after the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez. The Bengals have allowed over 20 points twice during their home win streak, though they gave up 27 in a loss to San Diego in the wild card round in January. They’ve also won three straight and nine of 11 against the NFC but have dropped the last three meetings with Atlanta. The low point for the Bengals in their week one win in Baltimore was the running game which wasn’t quite up to speed at 3.0 yards per carry on 26 attempts, which might have played a role in the team being unable to stay on the field in the second half. The Bengals also converted just 4 of 14 third downs. The Bengals’ rushing fortunes could change against Atlanta, which gave up 139 yards to the Saints and has yielded 14 straight 100-yard efforts. The 148.3 yards allowed per game in that time trails only Chicago for the worst mark in the league. This will be a game of contrasting styles, as Atlanta likes to score quickly and take advantage of their deep threats, while Cincinnati likes to possess the ball and move methodically down the field. The team that gets to institute their game plan more often will be the team that comes out of this week 2 matchup 2-0.
Sunday NFL Week 2 Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals Free Picks: Atlanta Falcons +6 and over 49
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals Game Prediction: 27-24 Falcons
What to expect in this Week 2 NFL Football match up: Linesmakers are still looking at the beat up 2013 version of the Atlanta Falcons when making lines for their games. They were one of the most injured offenses in the league last season and they proved in week 1 how elite they can be as long as all of their skill position players are on the field. While their defense leaves something to be desired, they can score with any team in the NFL and will overcome a heavy dose of RB Giovanni Bernard to win on the road this week.