The “Andy Dalton” rivalry game features Dalton’s former team the Cincinnati Bengals who are coming off a surprise win over the Vikings and his current team the Bears who looked inept against the Rams in Week 1.
The Bengals showed off their sharp nails last week as they clawed their way to a last second overtime win over Minnesota in thrilling fashion. For Chicago, there was nothing thrilling about their performance in Los Angeles last week. It was a pathetic effort all the way around.
Which team picks up the big Week 2 win in the “Red Rocket” rivalry game?
Kickoff inside Soldier Field begins at 1pm ET.
Bengals vs Bears Live Odds and Betting History
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
2021 ATS Home
2021 ATS Away
2021 O/U Home
2021 O/U Away
Bengals vs. Bears NFL Game Preview
These two teams have only played against each other 11 times and it’s the Bengals who hold the series advantage with a 6-5 record. Yet, the Bears are 4-3 in the last seven meetings including winning two in a row.
In fact, the last time they played against each other, Andy Dalton was still with the Bengals and only threw for 141 yards with 1 TD and 1 Int. Chicago won this game 33 to 7.
The Bengals are 4-2 all-time in road games at Chicago. The last matchup came in 2013 and the Bears won 24-21 as the beat the Dalton led Bengals.
Cincy (1-0) stunned many pundits when they upset the Vikings last weekend in an OT thriller. The Bengals played arguably their best football game in two seasons and it was great seeing Joe Burrow back out there slinging the ball around. Can they go 2-0 to start the season?
Chicago (0-1) had a tough Week 1 matchup on the road at LA who is expected to be a Conference contender. The Bears held tough in the first half, but faded in the second half as their offense couldn’t get anything going. Will we see an improvement for Chicago this week against a weaker foe?
Opening Odds and Line Movement for Game
When the lines first came out a few months ago, the Bears were favored by 5.5 points. That dropped to 3.5 points following their Week 1 loss to the Rams and has slowly trickled down to the current line of -1 according to most NFL betting sites.
The Over/Under reached as high as 46.5 points before dropping down to the current O/U of 45 total points.
Are you all excited for the “Andy Dalton” rivalry game?
I would imagine that Bengals fans are excited because they believe the team can defy the odds by going 2-0 to start the season.
Bears fans are clamoring for rookie QB Justin Fields to become the starter as this offense is too generic with Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback.
The Bears were 2-0 against the Bengals when Dalton was the starter. Can they actually win a game with Dalton in this head to head series?
Bengals Offense vs. Bears Defense
The Bengals offense looked good against the Vikings last weekend as they tallied 410 total yards with 261 passing yards and 149 rushing yards. They also put up 27 points on Minnesota.
It was a solid offensive performance for the Bengals against a good defense. With that said, I don’t see a repeat performance this weekend.
Chicago gave up 395 total yards against the Rams, but that was to a better offense and 321 yards came through the air. Cincy wouldn’t want Burrow to have to throw that many times with a suspect offensive line going up against some elite pass rushers.
I see the Bears defense having a bounce back performance and limiting the Cincy offense on Sunday.
Bears Offense vs. Bengals Defense
Good news for the Bears is that they won’t be playing against a top tier defense this weekend like they did against the Rams last Sunday night.
Instead, the Bears get a Bengals defense that allowed 429 total yards which included 362 yards through the air. I expect Dalton and the Chicago offense to find success on the ground and in the air.
I also expect to see more of Justin Fields this weekend as the Bears need his playmaking ability to help this offense improve overall.
Bears Protect Their House
There is one stat that I just can’t overlook in this game and that’s the fact that the Bengals are 1-18-1 SU in their last 20 road games. Let that sink in for a moment.
It was nice seeing the Bengals pull off a surprise win in Week 1, but I don’t expect that to happen again in Week 2.
Instead, take the Bears to play much better at home on Sunday as the defense has a solid performance, RB David Montgomery hits the 100 yard mark, and Dalton manages the game well. I see the Bears winning by a FG or more.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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