Buccaneers vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Week 8 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Oct 24, 2018

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The Bengals need to get back in the win column when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.

Tampa Bay
5-11
AT
October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati
6-10
Pointspread +4 -110
Moneyline +160
Over / Under o +55.5

25%

Betting Action

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Pointspread -4 -110
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +55.5

25%

Betting Action

75%

The Cincinnati Bengals playoff stock has taken a tremendous fall over the past couple of weeks after back-to-back losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. Now they get an opportunity to bounce back against a struggling opponent in what is essentially a must-win game in Week 8. Cincinnati will play four of its next five games at Paul Brown Stadium and will need to take advantage of this portion of its schedule in order to contend for a playoff spot. Will the Bengals bounce back with a big win over Tampa Bay at home? Here is a closer look at the matchup.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It wasn’t very long ago that the Buccaneers were the talk of the NFL following an impressive 2-0 start. However, Tampa Bay has dropped four in a row since with a 0-4 record against the spread over that span. The Buccaneers haven’t lost in Cincinnati since 1989 but all of the recent team sports betting trends point towards that changing in Week 8.

The Bengals are coming off back-to-back losses against some tough opponents but there is reason to believe they will bounce back this Sunday. Cincinnati is 7-2-1 straight up in its past 10 home games against NFC opponents. The Bengals are 22-3-1 straight up and 16-9-1 against the spread in their last 26 games as a sports betting favorite of six points or more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay survived a scare from the Cleveland Browns with a 26-23 overtime win in Week 7. While they managed to get the victory, it certainly wasn’t pretty. Jameis Winston threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.

The Buccaneers running backs struggled to move the football on the ground versus Cleveland with Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers combined for 51 yards on 20 carries. If Tampa Bay is going to get its season back on track with a second consecutive win, then Winston is going to need to cut down on the turnovers after throwing six picks in his first three games. It would certainly help if he could get more from his running backs but there is no indication that will happen against a tough Cincinnati run defense this week.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals bend but don’t break approach on defense had worked for the most part through the first five weeks of the season. However, that changed dramatically in back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Chiefs in which Cincinnati allowed a combined 73 points. Those offences have plenty of firepower, so it’s reasonable to expect the Bengals to bounce back this week. If the Cincinnati defense can slow down Winston and company, they will have an excellent shot to win at home.

The Bengals offence has been cruising along with an average of 26.3 points per game, which is the 11th-best total in the NFL this season. Andy Dalton has completed 63.6-percent of his pass attempts for 1,822 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He has also thrown eight interceptions. If Dalton can cut down on the mistakes then Cincinnati could be a legitimate playoff contender in the AFC this season.

He will get his first opportunity to do so against a Buccaneers’ defense that has struggled this season in Week 8. With strong performances on both sides of the football, the Bengals should rebound with a big win over Tampa Bay at home on Sunday.

Buccaneers vs. Bengals Prediction

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