In the NFL, we are not used to seeing unfinished business, but that is what we go in Week 17, when the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was suspended after an awful injury to Damar Hamlin. The great news is that he looks to be on the road to recovery, but this is a rematch that we all wanted to see. That unfinished business will very much be taken care of on Sunday afternoon. Both of these teams had to work hard to move on out of the Wild Card Round, and this one promises to be much tougher. It is the Bills who are in as a 5 ½ point home favorite, with the point total for this game set at 49. It’s time we take a closer look at both teams for this Bengals vs Bills matchup, so you can bet against their NFL Playoffs Odds.
NFL Divisional Round Betting Preview for Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo
Cincinnati versus Buffalo Match Info
- When: Sunday, January 22 at 3 PM EST
- Where: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Cincinnati Bengals
Some teams play better with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, which is exactly what the Bengals have at the moment. They were not quiet about the fact that they believed the league dealt them a bad hand in the way they handled the suspended game versus the Bills, so you can bet that they had a rematch with Buffalo circled on their calendar. Not that it means that much, but it was the Bengals who had a 7-3 lead and who were driving when that game was called off. This is also a team who ended the regular season on a 8-game win streak before heading into the playoffs and beating the Baltimore Ravens for the second straight week, although they needed a big defensive score to put that one away. The Bengals are an impressive 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games, which includes being 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road trips. The UNDER has hit in 10 of their last 14 played in January.
Why bet on the Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills came into this season as the favorite to win the Super Bowl, and they have basically remained that way from start to finish. The closed out the regular season on a run that saw them win 7 games in a row, and while they were rolling, they had to work very hard to get past a stubborn Miami Dolphins team in the Wild Card Round. The Bills only lost 1 game at home this season, so they have certainly made Highmark Stadium something of a fortress, which is why that #1 seed was so important to them. They have now won 5 in a row at home, but they have not been a great spread bet, going just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games at home. They have won 7 of the last 9 visits from the Bengals, though. In 9 of their last 10 against the AFC North, the point total has gone UNDER.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is the game that we all wanted, and I believe we are in for a bit of a treat. Both teams are playing great football and I think this one is going to be close. I have the Bills edging it, but I like the Bengals to cover and the UNDER.
NFL Betting Pick: Cincinnati Bengals 20 Buffalo Bills 23