Cardinals vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Daniel Coyle | Updated Aug 10, 2022

The Bengals kick off what they hope will be a long march back to the Super Bowl when they open their 2022 NFL preseason schedule with a visit from the Cardinals.

Arizona
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August 12, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium

After emerging as the Cinderella story of last season, the Bengals return to action perched as 1.5-point home favourites on the NFL preseason Week 1 odds. The Cardinals travel to the Queen City lagging as +110 moneyline underdogs, and the total has settled at 31.0 after reaching as high as 34.5.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Friday’s matchup at Paycor Stadium is a rare tilt between these two teams, who have faced each other just once since 2015. Arizona has earned the win in four of their past five regular season dates with the Bengals, and the two teams split two previous August matchups. Both squads are poised to take steps forward in 2022 after enjoying success last season. The Cardinals led the NFL with a sparkling 8-1 straight up record on the road, and covered in 10 of their 11 overall regular season victories. And with quarterback Joe Burrow leading the attack, the Bengals offense ranked fifth in the AFC as the team marched to their first AFC North divisional title since 2015. Cincinnati’s dramatic worst-to-first turnaround has given the team life on the NFL futures, where they sport +170 odds of repeating as division champs and intriguing +800 odds to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. However, the Bengals have plenty of work to do to snap a five-game home losing streak in August action.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals made a huge splash during the offseason, signing quarterback Kyler Murray to a massive five-year, $230.5 million contract. The squad is also poised to build on their 11th-place ranking in passing yards per game with the additions of receiver Marquise Brown and rookie tight end Trey McBride. However, with the squad facing a tough September schedule that features home dates with the Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, sports betting fans should expect head coach Kliff Kingsbury to use his starters sparingly, if at all. Accordingly, Trace McSorley is expected to get the call under center, with veteran Colt McCoy taking over the offence after recess. In addition, McBride is not expected to see much action as he recovers from injury.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals were heavily criticized for doing little to protect Joe Burrow last season. Burrow emerged as an elite passer last season, tossing for 4611 yards and 34 touchdowns. However, a porous offensive line allowed the budding star to be sacked on 70 occasions overall, including seven sacks in the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 56. The team hopes it has addressed that issue with the signings of La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras. However, Bengals fans will have to wait for the return of “Joe Cool”, who remains sidelined after undergoing an appendectomy two weeks ago. He will be joined on the sidelines by the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Joe Mixon and Tyler Boyd. That leaves a tough task for Brandon Allen, who is expected to start under center, and journeyman Jake Browning, who will likely take over in the second half. Allen was limited to just 149 passing yards to six appearances last season, while Browning faces what may be his last chance to nail down a regular job.

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