I can’t believe its already Thursday Night Football as just last week it felt as though the season would never start. Thursday Night football is a fairly recent and glorious invention by the NFL, as they wanted to print some more money between Monday Night football and regular weekend football. Since 2006, Thursday Night football games have been bringing you fairly mediocre contests that make the long work week feel slightly shorter.
The game this Thursday evening sees the Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans. The NFL Week 1 brutally bad Cincinnati Bengals were shut out by the Baltimore Ravens as Andy Dalton turned the ball over no less than five times. The Texans didn’t fare much better as their starting QB confusion continued, and they were shut down by the not so surprisingly good Jacksonville Jaguars 29-7. So this won’t be a meeting of the league elite, but rather two teams that will be struggling to make the playoffs.
Thursday Night Football – Houston Texans
Ok, does anyone know who is actually the Texans’ QB for this game? Well it seems like the Texans have given up on Tom Savage and are going with rookie DeShaun Watson. The Clemson standout and college football national football champion will get his first official start on Thursday Night football which should be exciting. He was fine in the second half of Week 1’s game and the Jaguars’ defense is pretty darn good. I expect him to do better against the Bengals, but there is of course a necessary maturation cycle going on that Texans’ fans will have to live with.
That being said, the Texans are +6.5 point spread dogs heading into Cincinnati which probably doesn’t provide much wiggle room. With five players unavailable due to concussions from Week 1, a rookie quarterback, and playing on the road, the Texans face a big challenge even against the Bengals.
NFL Betting Online – Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton did not have a good week at work last Sunday. In fact statistically, it may have been one of the worst weeks in the whole profession of QBing! Well, we all have crap days at the office and I think the Bengals just erase it from their collective memories and reboot the season. Dalton is a good QB and is coming back rusty from some lingering injuries and he will rebound.
The Bengals are -260 on the money line and the Over Under is 38. This most likely will be a low scoring game, so I get the O/U being 38 and the Under is probably a decent bet here. I like the Bengals on the money line better than on the point spread as I think Cincinnati wins- but who knows what that is going to look like. Btw, don’t forget to check out the game time NFL prop bets for some weak lines and betting opportunities. So take Cincy on the ML, start your weekend drinking early, and give thanks that Thursday Night Football is here to alleviate our mid-week blues.
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