Betting lines & odds – week 7, Falcons +6½ at Bengals – The streak must end

To be honest, NFLbets knew we were placing this bet before the Red Zone got cool – but this insane run thus far into 2022 by the Falcons has us nervous enough to deep-dive into justifying our opposition to the underdog in this early game in week 7:

Atlanta Falcons +6½ at Cincinnati Bengals, over/under 47½ points

As you can see, the sportsbooks are going to make us sweat this one out.

NFLbets doesn’t know if NFL betting history will be weighing upon the Falcons on Sunday (we suspect it’s highly unlikely), but the numbers are not on their side. Atlanta left their closest recent comparison behind with last week’s SU win over the San Francisco 49ers: The 2018 Cleveland Browns, who got off to a stunning 2-2-1 SU/5-0 ATS start. Those Browns ultimately went 7-8-1 SU and regressed with a 5-6 ATS finish.

The only team in recent history who managed to win six straight games ATS to start the season was the 2007 New England Patriots – yep, *those* Patriots – who jumped out with an 8-0 SU/ATS run including four wins with point spreads of 14½ points or more. No one will be confusing the ’22 Falcons with the ’07 Patriots any time soon…

In a vacuum, then, what plusses do the Bengals have? Going back to last season, they’ve benefitted from about as much homefield advantage as would be statistically expected: They’re 6-5 SU/5-5-1 ATS in these games in Cincinnati and 4-3 SU/4-2-1 ATS against teams with winning records.

Since last season, the Bengals have been remarkably good for NFL bettors (and nicely bad to sportsbooks) at 14-8-1 ATS while going just 13-10 SU overal. The Bengals are also better as underdogs over the past season and a half at 6-4 SU/7-2-1 ATS. Not exactly a great sign there…

Despite the odds-defying Falcons, the best bet may actually be on the over/under: Believe it or not, the under has hit in 5 of 6 Bengals games in 2022. Unders have of course been winning steadily this season, culminating in a week 6 which saw 10 of 14 games go under, and the Bengals’ offensive line has also taken a fair share of criticism. This may not matter so much, though, against a Cincinnati D allowing 23.3 points per game and a sixth-worst 385.2 yards per game.

So in the final analysis, the Bengals may not be the most scintillating or confidence-inspiring pick this week, but we’re nevertheless advising NFL bettors to take the Cincinnati Bengals -6½ vs Atlanta and to take the over on an O/U of 47½ points.

– written by Os Davis

Top Sportsbook Offers!

Bet on Football: 50% Welcome Bonus up to $1,000

SportsBetting.ag is your ‘top spot’ for the best in sports betting excitement. No matter what your favorite game might be you’ll find it on the board along with a huge variety of sports and betting options.

50% up to $1,000 Signup Bonus

Get the latest betting odds & lines for NFL Futures at BetOnline Sportsbook for betting on your favorite sport and snag a huge sign-up bonus.

Double Your 1st Deposit Up To $1000

MyBookie is one of the best sportsbooks to bet on the NFL at all times. They have options for the preseason, future odds and money lines. Check them out for sure today!

Latest Related News for February 2024

NFLBets delivers daily exclusive promotions and bonuses from the best NFL betting sites, latest NFL betting trends, NFL odds and picks for every game and team in 2024-2025 season. We provide updated NFL betting odds, football gambling information for the NFL including the NFL point spreads, football betting lines, over unders and more.

The information contained in this website is for news and entertainment purposes only.
This website uses cookies. By continuing to visit this website you agree to our terms of use.