2013-09-30 06:58:06 - After being held to single-digits in its most recent game, the Cincinnati Bengals may have big problems trying to win the next time out, based on recent history
Based on research from the sports handicapping website Vegas Experts, the offensive struggles endured by the Cincinnati Bengals in the team’s 17-6 defeat to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday aren’t a good sign for its home game next weekend against the New England Patriots.
The website noted that since the start of the 2011 NFL season, teams that have scored less than 10 points in a divisional matchup struggle in its next game. Either from the simple determinant of winning and losing, or from the sports handicapping perspective, that team has not done well.
When it comes to simple wins or losses, that team has managed a poor 7-12 record, and when the upcoming game is looked at from the prism of
sports handicapping, it has managed to beat the L as Vegas betting line just six of 19 times.
Thus far in 2013, there has been only one game within these parameters, and came on September 22 when the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Indianapolis Colts. The 49ers were coming off a 29-3 loss to the team’s NFC West rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, and lost to the Colts by a 27-7 score.
Whether the Bengals will be favored or be listed as an underdog makes little difference under these circumstances. When a team has been favored, it has failed to beat the pointspread in seven of ten games, including seven of the last eight contests. When that team has been tabbed as an underdog, it is 3-5 versus the Las Vegas betting line, and 0-1 when the game is considered a tossup.