Cincinnati Bengals vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 15
As the regular season pushes to a close the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in Week 15 on Thursday Night Football. The Bengals are coming into this game 7-6 after a disappointing fourth quarter loss to the Dallas Cowboys 20-19. The Eagles picked up their first win last week since Week 4 after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-21 in the dying seconds of the game.
It has been a disappointing season in Philadelphia after some well played games early in the season. Then after the Eagles lost QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy to concussion a number of weeks back, things got worse. There is a chance that Vick and McCoy could return to practice this week as both have cleared their concussion recovery tests; however, neither player has been given the green light to play this Thursday by the organization or an independent medical practitioner. But even if Vick can return will the Eagles go with their season starter, or with QB Nick Foles, who threw the touchdown that won them their first game is weeks? Not only that but Foles has been averaging a 61.4% completion rate and has not thrown an INT in three games (3 INTs in 5 games) and he put up 381 passing yards last week (average 234.8 passing yards per game over his 5 games this season). Vick, in his eight games played this season threw for an average of 270 passing yards per game but threw 9 INTs and 10 TDs. Vick might be slightly more productive but he seems to be slightly less dependable than Foles. Returning McCoy will be a positive for the Eagles but RB Bryce Brown has stepped up in his absence and thus the Eagles may not give McCoy many touches this week even if he can play.
Cincinnati has been hot lately, beating the Giants five weeks ago to surprise the league then beating Kansas City, Oakland, San Diego and just losing to Dallas last week. Essentially the Bengals could have won the game last week, save for a critical dropped pass by A.J. Green. They were out in front all game until they gave up 10 points in the fourth quarter and failed to score any of their own points in the fourth quarter. Their second string RB Cedric Peerman was out last week and will be out again this week. Otherwise the Bengals are quite healthy going into Philadelphia.
Looking at the average yards produced or allowed per game these teams are nearly identical in either category. Cincinnati has a very slight edge in all offense and defensive categories but there is no one category where either team has a clear advantage. However in average points scored the Bengals are clear victors averaging 24.7 points a game to Philadelphia’s 18.5 points per game. The Bengals allow an average of 21.5 points a game and the Eagles allow an average of 26.2 points a game.
The Bengals have not gone to 45 points since Week 9 but the Eagles games often go beyond 45 points. With Foles the Eagles have averages 21.4 points a game and have been consistent around that number; however they have allowed 31.6 points per game in that period. In that same time period the Bengals have averaged 26.4 points per game but allowed just 12.4 points on average. So it probably does not matter who is the Eagles QB. The Eagles will have home field advantage and will be coming off a huge victory last week so expect a hard fought game. It will be tough for either team to cover that 3 point spread but if you are picking Cincinnati they have a good chance of beating that spread.
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