Giants vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 19, 2019

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It doesn’t mean much, but the New York Giants have looked impressive in winning and covering both pre-season games thus far, averaging 31.5 points in them.

August 22, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +42
Pointspread -3 -109
Moneyline -162
Over / Under u +42

The first game of the NFL’s third week of the pre-season is from Cincinnati on Thursday night as the New York Giants visit. The Bengals are short favourites at Sports Interaction.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

In theory, every team’s starters should play the most they will this entire pre-season in Week 3, but then again more and more coaches are playing it cautious with their key guys – especially the starting quarterbacks.

Both the Giants and Bengals were lousy last year with New York finishing 5-11 and last in the NFC East and Cincinnati 6-10 and last in the AFC North. Not much more is expected from either in 2019 as the Giants have a Sports Interaction win total of 6.5 and the Bengals the same.

New York coach Pat Shurmur has an all-time pre-season record of 7-7 straight up including his two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Shurmur has gone 1-3 in Week 3. Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor is a first-year head coach. These teams have met in the pre-season once this decade with the Bengals prevailing 23-10 at home in 2015. Their last regular-season meeting was in 2016 and the Giants were 21-20 home winners. Eli Manning had three touchdown passes, including one to former Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. They don’t play this year when it counts but will next.

New York Giants

It doesn’t mean much, but the Giants have looked impressive in winning and covering both pre-season games thus far, averaging 31.5 points in them. Shurmur swears there is no quarterback controversy between Manning and first-round rookie Daniel Jones but it’s coming at some point this year. Jones has probably looked the best of all the rookie quarterbacks in the league. Last week in a 32-13 win over the Bears, he was 11-for-14 for 161 yards and a touchdown. He did fumble twice. Manning led the Giants to a touchdown on his only drive, throwing a scoring pass to Bennie Fowler. New York remains without top receiver Sterling Shepard, sidelined with a fractured thumb. He should be ready for the regular season. Fellow WR Golden Tate is in the concussion protocol. He’s suspended the first four games of the season but can still play in the pre-season if healthy.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have split their two pre-season games, both on the road – being as this is Taylor’s first game in front of the home fans it might mean he wants to win it a bit more than usual. Last week, Cincinnati prevailed 23-13 at Washington. The Bengals have a good-looking rookie quarterback as well in Ryan Finley. The fourth-rounder from NC State was 20-for-26 for 150 yards and two touchdowns against Washington. Andy Dalton remains the clear-cut starter, but this might be his last year with the team. Rookie running back Trayveon Williams will likely be out for the remainder of the pre-season with a foot injury, but Taylor said all healthy players will go this week. That includes defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Carl Lawson, who were healthy scratches the first two pre-season games.