The Washington Commanders (2-0) have enjoyed a successful preseason and will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1-1) in the preseason finale. As usual, NFL lines look vastly different compared to a potential regular-season clash.
Cincinnati is regarded as a contender; it is the fourth choice to win Super Bowl 58 (+1000). Most expect a losing record from Washington, as the sportsbook has its win total at 6½. All of this goes out of the window in the preseason. The Commanders have been willing to play starters more than the Bengals, making Washington the favorite on Saturday. Will Cincy pull off the upset?
Bengals vs Commanders Betting Lines
Bengals Relying on Backup QBs
The Bengals’ training camp began with an injury scare, as quarterback Joe Burrow sustained a calf strain. Cincinnati has taken the cautious route. It’s unlikely that Burrow will appear in the preseason, as he hopes to be healthy for the season opener.
This means the offense has solely featured backup quarterbacks. Trevor Siemian and Jake Browning have taken all of the reps in the preseason. The second-string spot could be on the line against the Commanders. So far, Siemian has the upper hand. He had 62 passing yards last week, compared to 121 passing yards in the preseason opener.
Chris Evans is making his case for second-string running back. He totaled 35 scrimmage yards last week.
Rookie cornerback DJ Turner II has also impressed throughout the offseason. Turner, who ran a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, has flashed his elite speed in the preseason.
Haven’t seen much on this play from DJ Turner but this is really good closing speed against a high end athlete. pic.twitter.com/OoDqkMXZBl
— mike (@bengals_sans) August 14, 2023
Howell Shines, Ends Ravens’ Streak
Washington is riding high after ending the Baltimore Ravens’ 24-game preseason winning streak. The Commanders seemed dedicated to snapping the streak, as starting quarterback Sam Howell played for the entire first half.
Howell was excellent, posting 188 passing yards with a 76% completion percentage and a 123.4 passer rating. Now we know why Howell has drawn rave reviews in the offseason. The secret could be out. Backing the Commanders in futures picks could win big. Several NFL odds look very enticing, such as the over for the 6½ win total (+110).
Howell also started in the preseason opener. Will we get one last look at the second-year QB before the regular season kicks off? It’s unlikely after Howell played for an entire half last week.
Sam Howell is that DUDE! pic.twitter.com/zIAa8Gy2QV
— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) August 22, 2023
Jacoby Brissett is a quality backup quarterback, and third-string Jake Fromm led a game-winning drive against the Ravens.
Washington Victorious in Last Preseason Meeting
The Bengals are 3-1-1 over the previous five matchups. The two met in the 2021 preseason, which the Commanders won 17-13.
Bengals vs Commanders Game Information
- Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 26, 6:05 p.m. ET
- Location: FedEx Field, North Englewood, MD
- Bengals vs Commanders Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Bengals vs Commanders Game Weather Conditions
The forecast is calling for temperatures in the 80s. There is also a chance of a pop-up thunderstorm, which could delay the game.
Bengals vs Commanders Picks and Prediction
Predicted Score: Commanders 20, Bengals 13
Commanders Offer Little Profit on Moneyline
According to Las Vegas odds, Washington is priced at -200 on the moneyline. I like the Commanders to finish the preseason at 3-0. However, the moneyline offers little profit. Go with the spread instead.
Will Washington Finish Preseason Perfect ATS?
In the preseason, Washington is 2-0 against the spread, while Cincinnati is 0-2. The Commanders should have a clear advantage at quarterback. The Bengals do not have quality backups. Meanwhile, Washington’s Brissett started 11 games with the Cleveland Browns last season. Cincy also allowed 275 passing yards in Week 2 of the preseason.
Blocking Troubles Lead to the Under
While the Commanders should find success through the air, the Bengals can limit it by rushing the passer. Washington’s pass protection was shaky last week, and Cincinnati totaled four sacks. On the other side of the ball, the Bengals are averaging only 15 points in the preseason. The run game has yet to hit its stride, as the offensive line has consistently changed its lineup.